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.
Global Research Possibilities Expand as IISD Assumes Operation of Canada’s Renowned Experimental Lakes Area
Three agreements have been signed involving the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada that together ensure the long-term operation of the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) research facility.
Les possibilités de recherche mondiale s’étendent alors que l’IISD assume l’exploitation des installations renommées constituées par la Région des lacs expérimentaux du Canada
L’Institut international du développement durable (IISD), le gouvernement de l’Ontario et le gouvernement du Canada ont pris part à la signature de trois accords qui garantissent l’exploitation à long terme des installations de recherche de la Région des lacs expérimentaux (ELA).
Interactive exhibit asks how can you improve the health of one of the world's greatest lakes?
On World Water Day, March 22, 2014, The Manitoba Museum, The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and other partners will launch a permanent, interactive, $1-million-plus exhibit: Lake Winnipeg: Shared Solutions. Shared Solutions uses the example of Lake Winnipeg, but more broadly allows museum visitors to discover answers to the question: What are the social, economic and environmental factors that determine the health of lakes?
Government of Canada releases proposed regulations to enable continued operation of Experimental Lakes Area
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) welcomes today’s announcement of proposed new regulations that would allow the important scientific research at the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) to continue
IISD congratulates renowned environmental scientist David Schindler on a distinguished career
On the occasion of the retirement of Dr. David Schindler from the University of Alberta, IISD is pleased to join his many admirers in offering congratulations on a distinguished career.
IISD appoints Hank Venema VP business development, Dimple Roy to direct NASCap program
The International Institute for Sustainable Development is pleased to announce Dimple Roy has been appointed director of its natural and social capital program (NASCap), taking over leadership from Henry David (Hank) Venema, who has been appointed to the new role of vice-president, business development.
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.