The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an award-winning independent think tank working to create a world where people and the planet thrive.About IISD
What We Do
Our research and policy work focuses on areas we deem ripe for transformation, where shifts in policy have the potential to change the game and where we have a proven record of making significant gains.
IISD Experimental Lakes Area
IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) is an exceptional natural laboratory comprised of 58 small lakes and their watersheds set aside for scientific research.
NAP Global Network
The NAP Global Network works with partners in the world’s most vulnerable countries to develop and implement climate adaptation plans for a more secure future.
Global Subsidies Initiative
The IISD Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) supports international processes, national governments, and civil society organizations to align subsidies with sustainable development.
The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development
The IGF supports nations committed to leveraging mining for sustainable development to ensure negative impacts are limited and financial benefits are shared.
SDG Knowledge Hub
The SDG Knowledge Hub provides daily information on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Earth Negotiations Bulletin
Earth Negotiations Bulletin provides balanced, timely, and independent reporting on United Nations environment and development negotiations.
IISD publishes objective, independent, high-quality research on sustainable development issues, including reports, policy briefs, and toolkits.
Renegotiating Sustainable Agricultural Concession Agreements: The case of Liberia
This Q&A is intended to highlight how concession agreements and the laws governing them were used to enhance sustainable investment in agriculture in Liberia.
National Oil Companies and Climate Change: Insights for Advocates
This briefing proposes how climate and development advocates can influence the "hidden half" of the global oil industry: national oil companies
The Incremental Approach to Governing Mercury
Years of activism over mercury poisoning led to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a landmark treaty on environment and health. Going forward, what work still remains and what can we learn?
How to Advance Sustainable Mining
Regulation of mining activities depends mainly on national frameworks and policies, but implementing good plans and practices remains problematic.
The Paradox of Pledging: Is more flexibility enough?
With just weeks remaining until the UN climate talks in Glasgow and countries facing calls to show greater ambition, it's time to look at what we have learned from "bottom-up" approaches to environmental governance.
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Measuring Nature for Post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery
In the face of multiple health and environmental crises, the inefficiencies of GDP as the main measure of economic health and government policy are strikingly apparent.
Speaking Each Other’s Language
When it comes to communicating the research findings of the world's freshwater laboratory, we need to speak to communities in their own languages. Literally.
Sink, Swim … or Fight Back
After a devastating cyclone struck, the NAP Global Network—hosted by IISD—helped Fiji make a plan to build resilience.