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.
GSI-UNEP Joint Conference Report: Increasing the Momentum of Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform - Developments and Opportunities
In the last 12 months, the reform of fossil-fuel subsidies has been high on international agendas: the G-20 and APEC have committed to phasing out inefficient fossil-fuel subsidies and the Friends of Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform group of countries was established, to encourage and support the G-20…
Corruption and fraud in agricultural and energy subsidies: identifying the key issues
Governments appear willing to provide publicly funded subsidy programs totaling billions of dollars, but they commit significantly fewer resources to monitor these programs effectively to prevent fraud and/or corruption.The extent to which fraud and corruption affect subsidy policy is difficult to…
Healing the Rift: Peacebuilding in and around protected areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Albertine Rift
This report summarizes a 27-month project that piloted a conflict-sensitive approach to conservation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo at four main sites: Virunga National Park, Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Itombwe Reserve and the Misotshi-Kabogo Massif.
Crude Accounting for the Gulf of Mexico Inc.
The need for consistent, decisive ecological accounting principles has been argued in professional circles for some time, but is perhaps never better illustrated than right now in aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon ecological catastrophe.This need was brought home for tens of thousands of BP PLC…
Fossil Fuels – At What Cost? Government support for upstream oil activities in three Canadian provinces: Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador
Global Subsidy Initiative's second report in the series "Fossil Fuels - At What Cost?" uses an internationally agreed definition of subsidy adopted by the World Trade Organization to determine the value and impact of oil production subsidies in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland & Labrador.This…
Delivering on G-20 Commitments: The path to fossil-fuel subsidy reform
In September 2009, at the Pittsburgh Summit, G-20 leaders recognized that "inefficient fossil-fuel subsidies encourage wasteful consumption, distort markets, impede investment in clean energy sources and undermine efforts to deal with climate change," and committed to phasing out and rationalizing…
Measuring Irrigation Subsidies: Policy recommendations from a Spanish case study
There is currently no common methodology for measuring irrigation subsidies at the national level. A concise set of defined parameters for the measurement of irrigation subsidies is needed to make any national estimates internationally comparable.GSI has laid the foundations for the adoption of a…
Lessons Learned from Indonesia's Attempts to Reform Fossil-Fuel Subsidies
This report, prepared by Christopher Beaton and Lucky Lontoh, examines Indonesia's attempts to reform fossil-fuel subsidies.It reviews the history of fossil-fuel subsidies in the country and focuses on the performance of two policies that have been used to support reform. The first is the Bantuan…
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