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.
Lab-grown coffee: Why it's good for planet Earth, but not so for farmers in Ethiopia
Scientists in Finland’s VTT Technical Research Centre are developing coffee from cell cultures in a laboratory and say that it has a much lesser climatic impact than regular coffee. The 'eco-friendly' coffee may get regulatory approval in the US and Europe in four years, paving the way for commercialisation of the product.
How natural gas could thwart or support India's renewables progress
As India builds more supply infrastructure and power generation capacity for natural gas, experts say its use must be limited to that of a 'transition fuel' from coal to renewable energy.
The Campaign To Limit Fossil Fuel Supplies
With international climate negotiations (COP26) set to get underway in roughly two weeks, there is growing momentum to speed up the energy transition.
Canada won't stop Crown corporations from investing in fossil fuels any time soon. Here's why
The federal government has no plans to immediately stop Crown corporations from financing fossil fuel companies, but it's not ruling out pushing them to reduce those supports more quickly, says Canada's environment minister.
How to Advance Sustainable Mining
Regulation of mining activities depends mainly on national frameworks and policies, but implementing good plans and practices remains problematic.
The Paradox of Pledging: Is more flexibility enough?
With just weeks remaining until the UN climate talks in Glasgow and countries facing calls to show greater ambition, it's time to look at what we have learned from "bottom-up" approaches to environmental governance.
Latest California oil spill paints grim picture for future generations
The fossil fuel industry’s grip on politicians blocked meaningful policies that could have protected our climate future and prevented these oil disasters.
Emissions tracker: How countries compare ahead of COP26
Time is running out. Nearly every government in the world has signed up to the 2015 Paris Agreement aimed at mitigating the impacts of climate change and keeping the global temperature rise below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Yet the world is already experiencing 1.2°C of warming on average, with Arctic nations such as Russia and Canada warming at two to three times the rate of other countries around the world.
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.