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.
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.
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.
We, the people, should demand green strings attached
Prospects for nearly half of the world’s projects to build infrastructure for exporting LNG have faltered amid rising concerns about climate change, public protests and delays due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Lasting Legacy of Phosphorus Buried in Lakes
Research at an experimental lake suggests that phosphorus inputs from runoff may affect the health of aquatic ecosystems long after external additions of the nutrient are reduced.
COVID-19 Has Canada Using More Plastic. How will it impact our fresh water?
How can Canada's leaders protect our fresh water from plastic pollution without compromising our health and safety?
Trevor Hancock: Governments ignore urgent issues
A major obstacle to achieving a more ecologically sane, socially just and healthy future is that we lack a clear understanding of the scale and significance of the global ecological crisis.
Sustainable Cotton or Recycled Polyester? The conscious shopper’s dilemma
Sustainability performance varies between products and transparency gaps abound in the garment industry. This can make informed decisions challenging.
Our Fresh Water Is Seeing More Plastic Litter due to COVID-19: Here’s what Canada should do about it
As part of the changes to our daily life brought about by COVID-19, Canadians’ reliance on certain types of single-use plastics has increased. We explore that impact on fresh water, and explain what we need to do about it.
Why scientists intentionally spilled oil into a Canadian lake
Generally, we know much less about how oil spills affect freshwater ecosystems than the ocean and, when it comes to dilbit spills, we know even less.
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.