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.
Summary of the 2022 IISD Forum on Natural Infrastructure Performance and Metrics
Participants discussed key challenges, opportunities, and technical considerations to building a better business case for natural infrastructure across Canada's Prairies.
Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) Mechanisms and the Right to a Clean, Healthy, and Sustainable Environment
IISD submission with CIEL and ClientEarth to the UN Special Rapporteur report "Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanisms and the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment".
Destruction of Ukraine's Nova Kakhovka Dam Marks Catastrophic Turn
IISD is deeply concerned about the destruction of a major dam in Southern Ukraine earlier this week, which has resulted in a massive humanitarian and environmental crisis.
Second global plastics meeting makes progress
The second meeting to create a global plastics agreement ended with delegates agreeing to have a draft prepared in six months’ time, despite delays at the outset of negotiations.
UN Plastics Treaty: After rocky start, 170 nations agree to draw up draft agreement
Last week's crunch talks were on the 'brink of chaos', but on Friday 170 nations agreed to draw up an initial first draft of a global plastic pollution treaty by November.
New global chemicals, waste framework to include textiles: IISD
Textiles will come under a new global framework for the sustainable management of chemicals and waste that will be decided at the fifth International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5) in Bonn in September this year.
Factor Gender into Transportation Planning, IISD Analyst Urges Policy-Makers
Cost-benefit decisions on new transportation infrastructure that are gender-blind create a cost for women and the societies they live in, says an analyst with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).
Landmark Agreement Curbing Harmful Fisheries Subsidies Awaits Ratification A Year After Adoption
This month marks the first anniversary of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) historic Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies. The treaty, adopted at the WTO's 12th Ministerial Conference, established the first global, legally binding framework that limits subsidies for illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and fishing of overfished stocks, as well as subsidies to vessels fishing on the unregulated high seas. The agreement also calls for countries to exercise “due restraint” in providing subsidies to vessels that do not fly their country’s flag or those that fish stocks with unknown status.
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.