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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. 

Measurement and Assessment

Effective sustainable development strategies and adaptive management require robust monitoring and assessment planning.

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  • Natural Infrastructure

    Natural Infrastructure

    Natural infrastructure is an area or system that is either naturally occurring or naturalized and then intentionally managed to provide multiple benefits for the environment and human well-being. IISD is working to advance the conversation around implementing and financing natural infrastructure in Canada.

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  • Subsidies


    Leading the effort to reform subsidies that hold us back from sustainable development.

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  • Sustainable Development

    Sustainable Development

    The concept of sustainable development is defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Learn more about the topic of sustainable development from IISD's experts and the work being done.

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  • Sustainable Development Goals

    Sustainable Development Goals

    The Sustainable Development Goals are a global roadmap to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. Discover how IISD research, analysis and knowledge products relate to one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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  • Sustainable Electricity Systems

    Sustainable Electricity Systems

    To ensure sustainable energy supplies, countries assess green and brown investments across their economic, environmental and social outcomes. Fiscal policy reform, coal phase-outs and a just transition for workers and economies are integral to a sustainable energy pathway.

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  • Sustainable Public Procurement

    Sustainable Public Procurement

    Governments spend between 12 and 30 per cent of their GDP buying goods, services and infrastructure. IISD helps policy makers and public procurers realize value-for-money across the life cycle of an asset to benefit industrial competitiveness, innovation and technology transfer.

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  • Voluntary Sustainability Standards

    Voluntary Sustainability Standards

    With more than 400 voluntary sustainability standards (VSSs) across the globe, these VSSs operate as guidelines for producing, selling and purchasing products in a sustainable manner. 

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  • Water Science and Policy

    Water Science and Policy

    Today, more than ever, robust science must inform policy. IISD Experimental Lakes Area's 50 years' of unique freshwater science strongly shapes our policy work on how to keep our water supplies across the globe. Learn more.

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  • Water-Energy-Food Security

    Water-Energy-Food Security

    Our work on water-energy-food (WEF) security informs and facilitates decisions related to three critical aspects of human security. Learn more about how we help implement WEF approaches in the context of agriculture and mining development.

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