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IISD publishes objective, independent, high-quality research including books, reports, working papers and other materials covering all sustainable development themes. 

The IISD Library includes reports, issue briefs, books, working papers and other materials capturing much of IISD's institutional and research history.

IISD's publications are available to download as PDF files at no charge. Hard copies of many of these are also available for sale. See our Permissions & Licensing Policy. We are occasionally able to reprint bulk orders of out-of-print publications (a minimum of 50 copies). For further information on such special orders, please contact the Publications Coordinator. If you have any trouble finding specific titles in the database or have any questions about our publications, please contact us.

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  • Blog
    Can Food Labelling Improvements Reduce Obesity? Belgium Says Yes.

    Can Food Labelling Improvements Reduce Obesity? Belgium Says Yes.

    OECD countries have an obesity problem, but the early results of food label change offer hope. Read More
  • Blog
    NAFTA Agriculture Clash Distracts From More Important Conversation: Sustainability

    NAFTA Agriculture Clash Distracts From More Important Conversation: Sustainability

    Following the NAFTA negotiations has been like riding a roller coaster, holding your breath because you don’t know what shock might be coming... Read More

  • Report
    Advancing Linked Carbon Pricing Instruments: Lessons on governing carbon pricing clubs from non-climate institutions

    Advancing Linked Carbon Pricing Instruments: Lessons on governing carbon pricing clubs from non-climate institutions

    The implementation of the Paris Agreement is anchored in a wide variety of climate targets and domestic policies, captured in Parties’... Read More

  • Blog
    Water Transfers: What they are and why they need to be better managed

    Water Transfers: What they are and why they need to be better managed

    One of the most ambitious responses to the unequal distribution of water around the globe is the large-scale physical transfers of water from one source or basin to another—otherwise known as water transfers. We explore why they happen and how we can manage them better. Read More
  • Briefing Note
    Estimating Employment Effects of the Circular Economy

    Estimating Employment Effects of the Circular Economy

    This note summarizes some of the definitions of the term "circular economy" and the baselines that have been used for projections on job impacts and growth.  Read More
  • Report
    Combatting Canada’s Rising Flood Costs: Natural infrastructure is an underutilized option

    Combatting Canada’s Rising Flood Costs: Natural infrastructure is an underutilized option

    ​This report presents ample evidence to suggest that efforts by governments to limit flood risk may be consistent with – and reinforce – their fiduciary responsibility to administer good governance. Read More
  • Report
    Public Cash for Oil and Gas: Mapping federal fiscal support for fossil fuels

    Public Cash for Oil and Gas: Mapping federal fiscal support for fossil fuels

    This report examines the inventory of federal fossil fuel subsidies in Canada Read More
  • Brochure
    Leveraging Sustainable Markets for Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development

    Leveraging Sustainable Markets for Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development

    IISD launched the Leveraging Sustainable Markets for Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development project, facilitating poverty reduction among marginalized commodity producers by enabling more strategic and proactive entry into value-added sustainable markets for less-developed countries. Read More
  • Report
    Harnessing the Flow of Data: Fintech opportunities for ecosystem management

    Harnessing the Flow of Data: Fintech opportunities for ecosystem management

    This report explores how new technologies—like big data, the Internet of things, blockchain and artificial intelligence—can support smarter ecosystem management. Read More
  • Book
    State of Sustainability Initiatives Review: Standards and the Extractive Economy

    State of Sustainability Initiatives Review: Standards and the Extractive Economy

    This report examines voluntary sustainability initiatives (VSIs), and their aim to promote sustainable production practices in the mining sector. Read More