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.
REDD Development Dividend Task Force Meeting Report
IISD and ASB-ICRAF held the first meeting of the REDD Development Dividend Task Force on January 25-26, 2011 in Manila, Philippines.Through constructive discussion and lively debate, a number of critical issues were identified for consideration in the elaboration of REDD-plus. This meeting report…
Measuring Irrigation Subsidies in Andhra Pradesh and Southern India: An application of the GSI Method for quantifying subsidies
The second report in GSI's series measuring irrigation subsidies provides the starting point for a debate on the use of irrigation subsidies in India.Subsidies to irrigated agriculture in major irrigation projects in just the four south Indian states (Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and…
Beyond Rio+20: Governance for a Green Economy
As an intellectual contribution to the preparations for the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, a.k.a. Rio +20). Boston University's Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future convened a task force of experts to discuss the role of institutions…
The First Year of the G-20's Commitment on Fossil-Fuel Subsidies: A commentary on lessons learned and the path forward
In 2009 and 2010, government efforts to curb fossil-fuel subsidies burgeoned with fossil-fuel subsidy reform becoming a frequent topic 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…
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…