The science is clear—our climate is changing, and the change is caused by human activity.
We can still make a difference. But we must act together. When the world takes coordinated action, we know profound and lasting impacts can follow.
IISD is actively involved in the two main responses to climate change: adaptation and mitigation. We partner with countries to help them cope with a changing climate and transition to clean energy as quickly as possible. By backing major initiatives like fossil fuel subsidy reform and climate adaptation planning, we use our expertise to lessen the flow and concentration of heat-trapping greenhouse gases and help people build a more resilient future.
Global Subsidies Initiative
The Global Subsidies Initiative was designed to put the spotlight on subsidies and the corrosive effects they can have on environmental quality, economic development, and governance.
NAP Global Network
The NAP Global Network works with partners in the world’s most vulnerable countries to develop and implement plans to make communities, ecosystems, and economies more resilient to the impacts of climate change.
Climate Change Adaptation
As climate risks escalate, we help governments and communities anticipate, cope, and adapt.
Fossil fuel subsidies make little sense in a world shifting to low-carbon sources of energy to tackle climate change.
We work to identify wasteful practices, encourage new thinking, engage civil society, and support policy reform.
Energy Policy Tracker
Providing a detailed, real-world picture of the current state of support for different energy types in recovery packages around the world.
Prairies Regional Adaptation Collaborative (PRAC)
The Prairies Regional Adaptation Collaborative (PRAC) works to increase capacity on the Canadian Prairies to prepare for the impacts of climate change.
The IISD is focused on supporting the current World Trade Organization negotiations to end harmful fisheries subsidies by the end of 2020.
University Data Centres: Policy and business case for reducing greenhouse gas emissions
In this study, IISD assesses the feasibility of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and generating carbon offsets via the relocation or modification of University Information and Communication Technology (ICT) assets, leveraging Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network's (CANARIE's) fibre…
IISD Annual Report 2009-2010
The 2009-2010 IISD Annual Report highlights the theme: Our Vision is 20/20.
Climate Change and Conflict: Lessons from community conservancies in northern Kenya
This report is based on the findings of research carried out in two community wildlife conservancies in northern Kenya, demonstrating how climate change is affecting the distribution and prevalence of natural resources in Kenya.
Conflict-Sensitive Conservation: Practitioners' Manual
The Albertine Rift is one of the most biodiverse and ecologically unique regions of Africa. Sadly it has also been the site of some of the world's most violent conflicts in recent history. This turbulent context can pose a range of risks and opportunities to conservationists who are managing resources that can be both a seed of conflict and foundation for peace-building.
Gorillas in the Midst: Assessing the peace and conflict impacts of International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) activities
Conservation work in conflict zones and across international borders has impacts on more than just wildlife populations and their habitats; it can also have a profound effect on the peace and conflict dynamics in a region.
WTO Subsidy Notifications: Assessing German subsidies under the GSI notification template proposed for the WTO
This report uses Germany as the test case in applying a template developed by the International Institute for Sustainable Development's Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) for notifying subsidies to the World Trade Organization. The study reveals the template vastly improves subsidy reporting.The…
Conserving the Peace: Analyzing the links between conservation and conflict in the Albertine Rift
This paper charts the variety of forms of conflict that conservationists in the Albertine Rift face. It then analyzes seven conflict assessment tools that conservationist might use to obtain a better, more systematic understanding of conflict in their project area, assess how their interventions could affect conflict dynamics and use this understanding to design and implement activities that will avoid or mitigate conflict.
Protected areas and the security community
Protected Areas are often situated in remote areas prone to conflict, but they can also make important contributions to peace. This paper draws from IISD's contribution to the World Parks Congress (September 2003, Durban), highlighting the different ways in which Protected Areas are linked to conflict and what this means for different members of the 'security community.'
Other related topics
Even though biodiversity is essential to our existence, it is declining at rates never seen before in human history.
In the transition to clean energy, a just transition can minimize negative impacts and maximize positive opportunities.
Conflict and Peacebuilding
Natural resource management and other environmental factors are linked to violent conflicts in a variety of complex ways.