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.
Tax Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) in Mining
Equipping resource-rich developing country governments with the knowledge, skills, and tools to optimize the financial benefits from mining.
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.
Green Tech: Fishing for Dark Data
How do antidepressants affect fish? Can biological remediation improve water health (e.g. intentionally planting cattails in dirty waterways)? How can the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, and artificial intelligence (AI) innovate freshwater research? These are just a few of the questions researchers at International Institute for Sustainable Development’s (IISD) Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) have been tackling over the last few years.
IGF Case Study: Achieving a Successful Post-Mining Transition With Renewable Energy
This report examines how two former mine sites were converted to into spaces generating renewable energy.
SDG bonds: private funds, public goals
Capital markets have become a driving force in the race towards a sustainable future, and political leaders have taken note. Since entering the market for environmental, social and governance (ESG) bonds in 2012, governments at all levels have raised a total of $240bn according to the Climate Bonds Initiative. Now, they have a specialised funding tool dedicated to tackling the Sustainable Development Goals.
Canada has committed to halt financing to the oil and gas industry. To understand what that really means, watch for the fine print
A global movement to permanently separate the oil and gas industry from the public purse appears to be gaining momentum, with an overarching objective of repurposing funds to promote renewable energy.
Fish populations can recover from mercury pollution: study
Fifteen years after first joining a research project studying if fish contaminated by mercury over years could ever recover, Britt Hall is pleased to finally see her work come to completion.
A Great Year for National Adaptation Planning and the Network to Watch in 2022
A new sense of urgency for climate action is being felt all around the world, and governments are now accelerating national efforts to put adaptation at the heart of decision making.
Kazakhstan energy price uprising risks another blow to carbon pricing
Unprecedented protests in Kazakhstan over a gas price hike this week have seen the government quickly roll back energy policy reforms, endangering the development of one of the region’s carbon markets in a further example of the political challenges of the clean energy transition.
Other related topics
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.