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Our research and policy work focuses on areas we deem ripe for transformation, where shifts in policy have the potential to change the nature of the game and where we have a proven record of making significant gains.
As governments around the world implement support packages to respond and recover from COVID-19, we must ensure these measures pave the way to a more sustainable economy and do not lock us further into a high-carbon future.
Green Recovery Know-How From the Nordics
Nordic countries are known for combining healthy economic growth with solid social and environmental policies. What's their secret to green recovery?
Energy Policy Tracker
Are we building back better? Every Wednesday, our experts provide new analysis of support for fossil fuels and clean energy.
The Task Force for a Resilient Recovery
Task Force members are determined to make sure Canadian governments get the best advice on building a resilient economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Sustainable Agriculture Transition: Technology options for low- and middle-income countries
This report reviews how technology is transforming food systems and how policy-makers and investors can best harness the use of modern technologies to bring transformative change.
Toolkit for Engaging the Private Sector in National Adaptation Plans (NAPs)
This toolkit aims to help governments develop strategies for the effective engagement of private sector actors in the NAP process.
Green Strings: Principles and conditions for a green recovery from COVID-19 in Canada
Endorsed by Canada's leading environmental groups, this paper sets out seven "green strings" recommendations to apply to government measures to ensure a green recovery from COVID-19.
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.
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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.
Solar Power Is Just a Switch Away
Swapping subsidies from fossil fuels to clean options can make renewables the most viable alternative.
Clean Power With a Clean Conscience
Lowering our carbon footprint cannot come at the expense of people in the world’s most vulnerable places.
COVID-19 Has Canada Using More Plastic. How will it impact our fresh water?
How can Canada's leaders protect our fresh water from plastic pollution without compromising our health and safety?
Sustainable Cotton or Recycled Polyester? The conscious shopper’s dilemma
Sustainability performance varies between products and transparency gaps abound in the garment industry. This can make informed decisions challenging.
Solving our Food Crisis Requires a Fundamental Transformation of the System
Global food supply is at an all-time high, yet so is hunger. Why the contradiction? And how can we solve this challenge with policy?