Our natural resources are under threat because of the way we produce, consume, and extract the things we need for our daily lives: things like energy, food, water, metals, and minerals.
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.
The WTO Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies: A Reader's Guide
This guide provides a clear overview of the World Trade Organization Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies, explaining succinctly the rules and provisions that the treaty establishes.
Cotton standards 'can boost sustainability'
South Asia’s cotton sector should accelerate its adoption of voluntary standards (VSS) to address longstanding sustainability issues, according to a new report. The study from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) says VSS, such as Fairtrade and Better Cotton, can reduce chemical and water use while raising income for farmers and textile workers. Researchers examined the criteria of sustainable standards against challenges in the cotton sector of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka which produce 30% of the world's cotton.
Lithium discovery important for India's EV push but mining poses serious environmental risks: Experts
The Geological Survey of India recently identified a potential deposit of 5.9 million tonnes of lithium in Reasi district's Salal-Haimana area, the first such anywhere in India, which imports lithium. GSI said the site is an "inferred resource" of the metal, which means it is at a preliminary exploration stage, the second of a four-step process.
BHP and the Mining Growth Dilemma
Higher costs are still hobbling the world’s diggers, but BHP's earnings show hints of a shift.
ELA Hoping For A "Normal" Summer
The Experimental Lakes Area between Kenora and Vermilion Bay is hoping this summer will be busier than the past two summers. Pauline Gerrard is the deputy director and says they have a number of new experiments and their impact on freshwater lakes and rivers.
Fresh negotiations on UN High Seas Treaty begin in New York. Here's what to expect
A new round of negotiations on the much-awaited United Nations High Seas Treaty for conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) began in New York February 20, 2023.
World Trade Organization rules hamper public food stockholding
World Trade Organization rules must be reformed to allow governments to build and manage public food reserves, providing a critical tool in preventing or mitigating food crises.
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.