We are putting undue strain on the planet. But it’s not too late to turn things around.
We know what needs to be done—and we know we need to do it together.
By conducting ground-breaking freshwater research at the IISD Experimental Lakes Area, advising mineral-rich governments on responsible mining practices, and supporting sustainable agriculture, IISD works to conserve and protect the world’s most valuable assets.
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.
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.
Ending Hunger Sustainably
Ceres2030 is a novel partnership between academia, civil society, and economists, bringing together three institutions who share a common vision: a world without hunger, where small-scale producers enjoy greater agricultural incomes and productivity, in a way that supports sustainable food systems.
Human activity—from pollutants to climate change—is threatening the health of our planet's precious freshwater resources. That's where we come in.
We work to optimize the benefits of mining and ensure the financial benefits are shared by supporting the development of laws and policies.
Food and Agriculture
Agriculture is on the front lines of nearly all urgent global challenges, from hunger to climate change to rising inequality.
Base Erosion and Profit Shifting in Mining
Equipping resource-rich developing country governments with the knowledge, skills, and tools to build and administer robust mining tax systems.
New Tech, New Deal
Assessing how the mining sector can grapple with the disruptions and technological innovations that are reshaping the industry.
Toward More Equitable and Sustainable Trade in Food and Agriculture
IISD’s work on trade in food and farm goods seeks to improve the extent to which trade policy supports sustainable development outcomes and expand the space for informed discussion among a wider set of policy actors.
Model Agreement for Responsible Contract Farming
Offering a simple and practical legal tool for buyers and producers to improve their business relations and to help make responsible agricultural investment a reality.
Financial Technologies and the Environment
Exploring how financial technologies could help solve pressing environmental challenges.
AquaHacking Lake Winnipeg
We are challenging young innovators to team up and develop new and innovative solutions to tackle urgent freshwater issues.
La famine sera-t-elle vraiment éradiquée dans dix ans? (in French)
La communauté internationale vise 2030 pour venir à bout de ce fléau mondial, relancé par la pandémie. Les dons affluent, mais le projet paraît bien ambitieux.
Ottawa mise désormais sur une économie durable (in French)
L'extraction pétrolière et minière a fait sa richesse. Mais le Canada se veut aujourd'hui un acteur écologique de pointe.
World leaders urged to turn off the tap on fossil fuel subsidies
Hot on the heels of major climate announcements at the United Nations this week, more than 200 civil society organizations from dozens of countries are calling for an end to public financing of fossil fuels.
Companies Pledge Millions to End World Hunger by 2030
Forty-two companies have pledged a promising US$345 million to contribute to ending global hunger as part of a new initiative led by key international organizations.
Foreign policy will hurt Canada's oil and gas sector more than anything: Economist
The Liberals take a minority government and with that comes stricter cuts to the oil and gas industry to meet a net-zero goal by 2050. Aaron Cosbey, economist at the International Institute for Sustainable Development joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss the future of climate policy in Canada.
Companies pledge millions to end hunger in the world by 2030 as part of the Zero Hunger Private Sector Pledge
On September 21, 2021, 42 companies pledged a promising USD 345 million to contribute to ending global hunger as part of a new initiative led by key international organizations.
Equity, diversity, and inclusion in Canada's National Adaptation Strategy: Why it matters and what it means
How can the diversity of identities and experiences of Canadians be reflected in a national strategy on climate adaptation?
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In a circular economy, products are designed, produced, and used to reduce waste and regenerate natural systems.
Infrastructure is the backbone of sustainable development and a powerful driver of economic activity.
Standards and Value Chains
Voluntary sustainability standards contribute to biodiversity conservation, poverty reduction, and gender equality.
Technology and Innovation
When it comes to achieving a sustainable future for all, we cannot merely rely on tried-and-tested formulas. We need to think outside the box and get innovative.