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.
WTO Agrees on Limited IP Waiver for COVID-19 Vaccines and Package to Reduce Harmful Fishing Subsidies
The World Trade Organization’s first ministerial conference in four and a half years reached agreement early Friday morning on what officials described as "an unprecedented outcome" of six agreements, including a deal to curb some fishing subsidies that deplete ocean stocks, a limited waiver of WTO’s intellectual property protections on COVID-19 vaccines and a humanitarian food security measure – all of which will have wide-ranging impacts on global public health.
Surpêche. Un accord « historique » à l’Organisation mondiale du commerce (in French)
Vingt ans que le dossier est tabou à l’Organisation mondiale du commerce. Ce vendredi 17 juin, les délégués des 164 États membres sont enfin parvenus à un accord concernant les subventions à la pêche. Un compromis, certes, mais qualifié d’historique par les associations écologistes.
IISD Congratulates WTO Members on Achieving Fisheries Subsidies Deal
The deal marks a crucial step in moving the world's fisheries towards long-term sustainability and in multilateral efforts to address subsidies that harm the natural environment and the well-being of vulnerable communities.
National Workshop on Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining, Illicit Financial Flows, and Conflict in Niger
The IGF organized a workshop for officials in Niger to promote dialogue on ASM governance challenges related to illicit financial flows and conflict.
Outdoors: Ohio biologists share techniques and technology with African counterparts
She was more than 7,000 miles from her home in Rwanda and had spent the previous two weeks touring the Great Lakes of North America, heavily immersed in the science of fisheries management and hoping to take home a cache of information, technological advances, and sound science that could be applied on the Great Lakes of Africa.
Hopes fly for WTO fishing subsidies' deal at Geneva ministerial meeting
After talking about saving the world's fish stocks for 20 years, there is a whiff of optimism that the World Trade Organization (WTO) might be ready to clinch a deal to stop a fish meltdown on the planet.
World Takes Steps Towards Global Treaty To End Plastic Pollution
In Dakar, Senegal on Monday, the world took the first step towards a treaty to end plastic pollution. Delegates attending the ad hoc open-ended working group (OEWG) to prepare for the intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC) to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment, convened for a two-and-a-half day meeting from May 30 to June 1. The meeting is focusing on organisational issues for the coming INC negotiations.
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.