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.
American Triple I Sees Big Opportunities in Mid-Size PPPs
American Triple I Partners was launched in February as a spinout from Wall Street investment bank Siebert Cisneros Shank. Before even making a deal, the fund manager has several elements that stick out in an increasingly crowded field of investors.
In Medellin, Cable Cars Transformed Slums—In Rio, They Made Them Worse
In city halls across Latin America, Medellin has a reputation for making miracles happen. Colombia’s second city, which was previously infamous for drug and gang violence, has transformed some of its most dangerous slums with a cable car system. Built in the early 2000s, the MetroCable connects the city centre to the sprawling hilltop slums - "barrios" - on the city’s outskirts, the most violent of which used to be Santa Domingo.
Communications and Awareness Strategies: Raising awareness about the health impacts of coal in Indonesia
This brief showcases examples of communications and awareness strategies for air pollution in India and China, with a focus on lessons that can be drawn for Indonesians looking to raise the level of public focus on air pollution issues in Indonesia.
CAD 100 Million Dollar Investment in Ontario’s Electricity Infrastructure to Safeguard Security of Supply—and the Economy
Extreme weather events and slow-onset climate change are shedding new light on requirements for our energy network.
New Report: Cost-effective interim retrofit to Winnipeg’s North End sewage treatment plant would help protect Lake Winnipeg
On World Water Day, the Lake Winnipeg Foundation and the International Institute for Sustainable Development are releasing a report recommending an interim retrofit to Winnipeg’s largest sewage treatment plant. This retrofit could be implemented quickly and at low cost to significantly reduce the facility’s phosphorus contribution to Lake Winnipeg.
Undertreated Sewage Contributes to Harmful Algal Blooms
In this short brochure, the Lake Winnipeg Foundation and the International Institute for Sustainable Development, present their plans for an interim solution to Winnipeg's phosphorus woes.
Social Impact Bonds Are Helping Solve South Africa’s Hardest Challenges
How do you address the health of a young woman, while ensuring that she completes her schooling, finds economic opportunity, and gains agency in her relationships? If you are in government and contracting an organisation to address this issue, how do you wrap all of that into a service?
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.