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.
The WTO Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies: What it means and why it matters
After more than two decades of negotiations, members of the World Trade Organization concluded an Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies in June 2022. What does it entail, and why does this treaty matter?
Four Ways Investors Can Boost Sustainable Agriculture
With a multi-billion dollar investment gap for meeting the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 2) of ending hunger by 2030, how can investors manage risk while supporting sustainable development in agriculture?
Shura attends preparatory meeting for Parliamentary Summit against Hunger
Doha: The Shura Council participated yesterday in the meeting that was held by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in cooperation with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) in preparation for the convention of the 2nd Parliamentary Summit against Hunger and Malnutrition, which is scheduled to convene next year.
New "Fish Forward" Partnership Supports Sustainable, Eco-Certified Fishing in Manitoba
“Fish Forward” was launched at SMITH Restaurant today by provincial, national and international organizations who are working together to ensure that Manitoba lakes are sustainably fished, Manitoba fisheries are safeguarded for future generations, and Manitoba businesses are serving local fish that comes from increasingly sustainable sources.
IGF Case Study: Inclusive Closure and Post-Mining Transition at the Golden Pride Mine, Tanzania
This IGF case study of an open-pit gold mine in Tanzania provides good examples of how closure and post-mining transition can be done effectively and inclusively.
Commerce des espèces menacées : la COP 19 prévoit de réglementer plus de 500 espèces supplémentaires (in French)
La 19e Conférence des parties à la Cites se termine sur un bilan plutôt positif en prévoyant de réglementer le commerce de plus de 500 espèces supplémentaires. Mais cela signifie aussi que le nombre d'espèces menacées augmente.
Global Market Report: Cocoa prices and sustainability
This report presents the production and consumption trends of the cocoa sector and how voluntary sustainability standards can improve the commodity's market resilience.
Why was Africa exporting only about 1% of Soya, "The King Of Beans"?
Soy, often known as soja or soya bean, is the most popular plant-based protein source. It is also one of the most plentiful and inexpensive protein sources. Soya has become an essential part of daily life for people and animals in many parts of 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.