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.
A Fair Path Forward: What gender-responsive adaptation teaches us about an equitable recovery
Only with an understanding of who is most vulnerable—and why—can we identify strategies that address real needs, ensuring no one is left behind.
Lakebound to Homebound: IISD Experimental Lakes Area Annual Report 2019-2020
This year, the world's freshwater laboratory's annual report is inspired by hours under lockdown and years of Canadian summers at the cabin (or cottage).
The Global Governance of Sustainable Energy: Access and Sustainable Transitions
The sustainable energy transition is not guided by a central, hierarchical organization—an approach with many positive features worth copying.
IISD Trade and Sustainability Review, Volume 1, Issue 1, November 2020
This inaugural edition of IISD's Trade and Sustainability Review features analytical pieces and commentaries on a series of topics at the forefront of the trade and sustainability discussion, from subsidy reform efforts at the World Trade Organization to the impact of COVID-19 on export markets.
How Can Procurement Drive the Global Green Recovery?
Public procurement is more crucial than ever, as most of the COVID-19 recovery spending will be channelled through this process—so how can we ensure it drives innovation, inclusivity, and sustainability?
Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) and COVID-19: Responding to the pandemic
This brief outlines some of the main challenges to the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector support and regulation in the context of the global pandemic and points tentatively to how governments can move forward.
Doubling Back and Doubling Down: G20 scorecard on fossil fuel funding
This study tracks, for the first time, each G20 country's progress on ending support for fossil fuels — ranking their transparency, commitments, and financial support to oil, gas, and coal.
Other related topics
Even though biodiversity is essential to our existence, it is declining at rates never seen before in human history.
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.