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.
Food Systems and Agriculture: What’s on the menu for COP 28?
Our agriculture expert Claire McConnell explains the importance of food systems transformation in addressing climate change and how can it be achieved, particularly within the context of COP 28.
Natural gas is a dying commodity, and Canada needs to stop supporting it
If governments around the world maintain the status quo in terms of energy policies, we’ll see peak global demand for coal, oil and gas before 2030 – and clean technologies will play a much stronger role. That's according to the latest analysis from the International Energy Agency, which recently released its annual World Energy Outlook, or WEO, report. For Canada, the IEA research confirms it's time for governments to heed the signals and end public support to the fossil fuel industry. This includes eliminating subsidies for liquefied natural gas expansion across the country.
How Rishi Sunak’s new oil and gas plans will affect energy bills and net zero
The King's Speech is set to include a bill that will allow new licences for oil and gas projects to be awarded annually. Rishi Sunak claims new licences for drilling in the North Sea will improve our energy security, while still allowing Britain to meet its net zero ambitions. But campaigners argue that encouraging new oil and gas exploration sends out a bad message to the world and will contribute to global warming.
Why Supporting Food Systems and Protecting Biodiversity Need to Go Hand in Hand
Phasing out or repurposing incentives harmful to biodiversity is critical for sustainable development. What can we learn from existing efforts in the United Kingdom, India, and Brazil?
Determining the Price of Minerals: A transfer pricing framework
Practical guidance to support developing countries in accurately pricing mineral sales for the purposes of revenue collection.
How energy transition affects jobs
Concrete analysis of job impacts is needed to inform efforts for a just transition. Now, a study finds that decarbonizing US electricity generation will create jobs, but with uneven distribution among states, industrial sectors and skill needs.
Integrating Gender Equality and Mine Closure: Actions for governments
Report on how mine closure and gender equality intersect and how governments can ensure closure practices and policies integrate gender considerations.
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.