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.
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.
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.
Responsible lithium mining and the clean energy transition
It’s not hard to see why lithium commands such attention. The World Bank estimates that, by 2050, demand for the metal could increase by up to 500% over 2018 production levels in order to meet future needs.
Antidepressants: What happens when they end up in our fresh water?
We explore what toll anti-depressants may take on the environment, and what we are doing to learn more.
‘Guerrilla ecologist’ David Schindler was a powerful defender of lakes and streams
Considered one of Canada’s great ecological scientists and advocates, David Schindler studied some of the most serious environmental blights of his time, including acid rain and dead lakes.
A Case for Adaptation: Preparing for Climate Disasters in Manitoba
Recent catastrophic events across the Prairies have given scientists reasons to believe more frequent, extreme events like floods, forest fires, and storms are the most immediate climate risk threatening these areas.
2020 IGF Annual Report
This report highlights the IGF Secretariat's significant activities, deliverables, and achievements in 2020.
Gender in Mining Governance: Opportunities for policy-makers
Policy recommendations for governments to ensure mining frameworks promote gender equality and support the social and economic advancement of women.
COVID-19 and Planetary Health: How a Pandemic Could Pave the Way for a Green Recovery
Environment and health ministries need to form joint agendas and link policy and programming to facilitate a green recovery from COVID-19.
Fishers caught in COVID-19 net, sink into poverty
Lockdown restrictions following the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have severely impacted fishing operations, processing, markets and supply chains, leaving those in low-income groups vulnerable to malnutrition and poverty, say the authors of a new study.
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.