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.
Clean Power With a Clean Conscience
Lowering our carbon footprint cannot come at the expense of people in the world’s most vulnerable places.
Is It Raining Plastic?
We need more research to understand how big a problem microplastics really are—and how we can fix them. That's where we come in.
Tomorrow Needs Us Today: IISD’s 2020-2025 Strategic Direction
We are guided by five core priorities—Climate, Resources, Economies, Act Together, and Engage—which form our CREATE strategy, presented in this document.
WTO Negotiations on Fisheries Subsidies: What's the state of play?
With only a few months to conclude WTO talks on fisheries subsidies, this update is an overview of the draft text circulated by the Chair of negotiations.
Sustainable Asset Valuation of the Kalivaç and Poçem Hydropower Projects
The SAVi results suggest that the hydropower assets cannot be considered a preferable solution to generate electricity for the Albanian people.
How to Protect Fresh Water from Oil Spills
This episode looks at what freshwater scientists are trying to accomplish by spilling oil into a remote lake and the unusual solution they've found to help clean up future oil spills.
What Trump's EPA Rollbacks Show Us About the Importance of Co-Benefits
A recent ruling on how the EPA regulates mercury could have wide-ranging impacts on U.S. citizens and the environment.
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.