Our natural resources are under threat because of the way we produce, consume, and extract the things we need for our daily lives: things like energy, food, water, metals, and minerals.
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.
Nigeria : un investissement public annuel de 4,9 milliards $ par an d'ici 2030 pourrait transformer le secteur agricole (in French)
En Afrique, l’insuffisance du financement agricole est l’une des principales barrières à l’augmentation de la production alimentaire. De nombreux pays de la région ont le potentiel pour accroître durablement leur approvisionnement agricole et réduire leurs importations.
Great Lakes Take Global Stage
For three days last week the world came together at the United Nations in New York City to discuss ways to place water at the center of decision-making. The UN Water Conference, the first such event in 46 years, was billed as a marquee attraction, a chance to corral public and political attention and train it on the global challenges of too much water, too little water, and water that is too polluted.
Source to Sea: Integrating the water agenda in 2023
2023 could prove to be a definitive year for facilitating an integrative perspective on water issues, from fresh water to the marine environment.
On World Water Day, a case for natural infrastructure
The UN 2023 Water Conference in New York, kicking off on World Water Day today, is the first such conference in almost 50 years. But it arrives against a worrying backdrop. Across the globe, we seem to be experiencing the vicissitudes of water, whether it is unprecedented flooding or old and new forms of pollution in lakes and rivers. And thanks to the ever-intensifying impacts of climate change, it doesn’t seem like our fraught relationship with that which sustains us will improve any time soon.
La Journée mondiale de l'eau est soulignée avec une annonce de financement pour la recherche et la protection visant notre ressource naturelle la plus précieuse : l'eau douce (in French)
Nous profitons de la Journée mondiale de l'eau pour soutenir nos mesures ambitieuses de lutte contre les changements climatiques qui permettent de garder notre air pur et notre eau douce propre. Le gouvernement du Canada s'est engagé à créer l'agence canadienne de l'eau afin de protéger cette ressource naturelle qui nous offre de l'eau potable, des possibilités de transport et d'énergie, et des occasions économiques, en plus de nous divertir. De plus, le secrétaire parlementaire Terry Duguid est présent cette semaine à la Conférence des Nations Unies sur l'eau de 2023, à New York, où il agira à titre de représentant du Canada pour discuter de l'évaluation de mi-parcours des objectifs de la Décennie internationale d'action (2018-2028), « L'eau et le développement durable ».
We need fresh water to survive. Let’s tap centuries-tested Indigenous ideas for protecting this life source
It really couldn't have come sooner. The United Nations 2023 Water Conference this week in New York City has everyone who works to protect freshwater bodies, and the environment more broadly, abuzz. This is the first such conference in almost 50 years.
UN Water Conference Should Highlight African Great Lakes
It is with great excitement, mild trepidation, and much hope for the future that I look forward to March 22 which doubles up this year as World Water Day and the kick off to the UN Water Conference.
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.