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IISD's work covers a broad sweep of strategies, tools and policy advice needed to respond effectively to today's environmental, economic and social challenges. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

How will the COVID-19 pandemic and the global recovery from it impact the future of sustainable development?

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  • Mining


    IISD's mining work optimizes the benefits of mining to achieve poverty reduction, inclusive growth, social development and environmental stewardship through the development of laws and policies.

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  • Trade


    IISD focuses on national and international policies to ensure that trade fosters sustainable development

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  • Adaptive Planning

    Adaptive Planning

    The complexity and uncertainty of sustainable development demands that our systems of governance and our policies be adaptive. Find out how governance and policy can help households, communities and businesses cope with and adapt to change.

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  • Agriculture, Water and Investment

    Agriculture, Water and Investment

    Designing strategies to boost investment in small-scale farmers, food security and sustainable use of water and other natural resources.

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  • Circular Economy

    Circular Economy

    Unlike a linear economy, a circular economy is a model in which we design, produce and use products, that feeds into the reduction of waste and facilitates the regeneration of natural systems.

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  • Climate Change Adaptation

    Climate Change Adaptation

    IISD works with governments and non-governmental organizations to adjust to the observed and anticipated impacts of climate change. Find out more about IISD's work and partnerships it supports on climate change adaptation.

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  • Climate Change Mitigation

    Climate Change Mitigation

    Tackling climate change requires a rapid shift to low-carbon development. By urgently reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, we can minimize how significantly climate change will impact our societies, economies and ecosystems. 

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  • Climate Risk Management

    Climate Risk Management

    Climate change is forcing us to re-evaluate conventional climate risk management practices. IISD helps characterize the changing nature of climate risk so that decision-makers can design more sustainable policies and programs.

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  • Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding

    Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding

    IISD works with peacebuilding and climate practitioners in fragile states to understand how transitions from fragility to peace can integrate climate risks, and to ensure that sustainability efforts support peacebuilding.

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