Our planet’s resources and biodiversity are under severe pressure, but the good news is that we know what to do.
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.
How Can Sustainability Standards Do More to Ratchet Up Smallholder Farmers' Incomes?
We need to get better at measuring and sharing the social and environmental costs of producing food and goods so the burden to pay doesn’t fall on smallholder farmers.
A Strategic Vision for Enhancing Naturalized Water Retention in Manitoba
Enhancing water retention infrastructure in Manitoba can provide numerous benefits, especially if it is naturalized and is located, designed, and maintained strategically.
Billions in U.S. Funding Hasn't Convinced Developing World to Ditch Coal
South Africa and Indonesia, among the world's most coal-hungry economies, are backtracking on commitments they made to burn less of the fuel under agreements known as Just Energy Transition Partnerships, or JETPs, which offered them $28.5 billion from the U.S. and other wealthy nations. Officials are working to prevent the agreements from falling apart as governments convene in Dubai for COP28, the annual United Nations climate summit.
COP28: Energy transition may cut oil-producing states' revenue by 60%
More than 20 countries dependent on oil and gas revenues could see these sources of funds cut in half by the transition to clean energy. Such an outcome could have disastrous consequences for workers and governments in these "petrostates" without international support to help manage the transition away from fossil fuels.
Emirates Leaders Declaration at COP 28 an Important Step in Advancing Resilient Food Systems
IISD welcomes the Emirates Leaders Declaration on Sustainable Agriculture, Resilient Food Systems, and Climate Action announced today at the 28th UN Climate Change Conference (COP 28).
The Proposed Foreign Pollution Fee Act
This analysis delves into the Foreign Pollution Fee Act, expressing concerns about its complexity, excessive discretionary power, and a perceived emphasis on geopolitics over global climate protection.
Producer Inclusion in Voluntary Sustainability Standard Governance
This report analyzes the extent to which producers are included in the governance of agricultural standards and recommends ways for standard-setting organizations to give producers opportunities to help steer their course.
Canada's fossil fuel industry is banking on carbon capture to lower emissions. Is it a viable solution?
Fossil fuel companies in Canada have made carbon capture a key part of their pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The idea is to minimize the amount of carbon that ends up in the atmosphere, while continuing to extract more oil and gas. But is that realistic? Here is a closer look at the technology, where it is being used in Canada, and how it could play into the pivotal climate talks that begin Thursday in Dubai.
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.