Technology and Innovation
This can range from fostering innovation within our own sector, to getting creative and adopting new technologies traditionally confined to other sectors, such as FinTech solutions.
Recognizing that new thinking can advance sustainability, the United Nations opted to dedicate Sustainable Development Goal 9 to building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and fostering innovation.
Here at IISD, we are exploring how certain innovative technologies such as Internet of Things, big data, artificial intelligence (AI), and blockchain, originally embraced by the banking sector to increase the effectiveness of its business, could be adopted by the environmental and sustainable development sectors.
We are especially interested in how those who work on freshwater stewardship can look to these technologies to do everything from monitoring water usage, water flow and the contaminants that enter our lakes, to the movement of boats potentially carrying zebra mussels.
We are now looking to use AI technologies to reimagine how IISD Experimental Lakes Area uses its over 50-year dataset to understand the future of its lakes set against the backdrop of a changing climate.
How and Why We Need to Adapt Our Environmental Monitoring to a Changing Planet
We explain why a changing planet means we need to change the way we monitor our environment.
Using Financial Technologies for a More Sustainable Planet
If you have heard of the Internet of Things, big data, artificial intelligence and blockchain, then you have probably heard of "fintech." We explore how these financial technologies could be applied to create a more sustainable planet.
Making Winnipeg a Smart City With New Technologies
We asked four members of our Winnipeg team how they would tackle some of Winnipeg’s most pressing issues: This is what they came up with.
Policy Advisor – Data and Technology
Research Scientist, IISD-ELA
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Scientists Improving Health of African Great Lakes
Scientists and researchers from across North America and Africa will be coming together to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing the African Great Lakes.
The Sustainable Agriculture Transition: Technology options for low- and middle-income countries
This report reviews how technology is transforming food systems and how policy-makers and investors can best harness the use of modern technologies to bring transformative change.
How to Fight Disease Outbreaks With Data
We can analyze data across the world to identify and predict disease outbreaks. But synthesizing and standardizing it at a global level is a complicated task.
Should We Have Impact Assessments for Disruptive Technologies?
If we don’t create basic assessment systems to make sure we’re using new technologies to advance carbon-neutrality and sustainability, we put our future at risk.
How Can Technology in Mining Protect the Environment?
Rapid advances in technology innovation, including automation, digitization and electrification, are fundamentally changing how the mining sector operates.
How Can Blockchain Improve Sustainability in Mining?
Companies interested in sustainability and transparency are starting to use blockchain to trace materials back to their sources.
Impact Tokens: A blockchain-based solution for impact investing
Impact tokens and blockchain technology offer promising solutions to mobilizing investments toward the Sustainable Development Goals by addressing the underlying challenges of the impact investing industry.
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