IISD works to bridge divides. We develop conservation efforts that support community livelihoods and provide research and tools to guide economic activity that supports ecosystems and social well-being.
To accelerate progress in this area we will:
- Sustain the world’s most comprehensive long-term data set on monitoring of freshwater ecosystems.
- Expand research on the impact of contaminants, invasive species, and eutrophication on the world’s freshwater resources.
- Optimize the benefits of mining through the IGF with a focus on taxation, environmental safeguards, local content, and small-scale mining.
- Lead global thinking on the responsible sourcing of minerals and metals for the energy transition.
- Drive policies and practices that build more resilient food systems and strengthen investment rules that advance food security in an inclusive and environmentally sustainable way.
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.
Agricultural Trade Negotiations and Sustainable Development
Crafting multilateral and regional trade rules and policies that support sustainable agriculture.
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.
New Initiative Supports Nature-Based Infrastructure for Climate Adaptation
A USD 2 million grant will fund a new venture in partnership with GEF, the MAVA Foundation, IISD, and UNIDO.
Green Recovery Know-How From the Nordics
Nordic countries are known for combining healthy economic growth with solid social and environmental policies. What's their secret to green recovery?
The Sustainable Agriculture Transition: Technology options for low- and middle-income countries
This report reviews how technology is transforming food systems and how policy-makers and investors can best harness the use of modern technologies to bring transformative change.
COVID-19 and Food Export Restrictions: Comparing today’s situation to the 2007/08 price spikes
This policy brief draws on the International Food Policy Research Institute’s (IFPRI’s) COVID-19 Food Trade Policy Tracker to compare how governments have reacted to the current crisis with how they did during the 2007/08 food price spike.
Could Food Export Restrictions Worsen a Looming Food Crisis?
This policy brief draws on analysis in the International Food Policy Research Institute’s (IFPRI’s) COVID-19 Food Trade Policy Tracker to examine how food-importing countries could be affected by recent measures to restrict exports.
How to Turn Fast Fashion into Sustainable Fashion
This episode is about sustainability in the clothing industry and how years of over-consumption and unsafe manufacturing has led to a counter-industry striving to do better.
Solving our Food Crisis Requires a Fundamental Transformation of the System
Global food supply is at an all-time high, yet so is hunger. Why the contradiction? And how can we solve this challenge with policy?
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.
Good tax policy can ensure financial benefits are shared and available to fund poverty reduction, inclusive growth, social development, and environmental stewardship.
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.