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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. 

Adaptive Planning

Responding to the complexity and uncertainty of sustainable development through adaptive governance and policies.

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  • Agriculture, Water and Investment

    Agriculture, Water and Investment

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

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  • Climate Change Adaptation

    Climate Change Adaptation

    Working with governments and non-governmental organizations to adjust to the observed and anticipated impacts of climate change.

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  • Climate Change Mitigation

    Climate Change Mitigation

    Tackling climate change through low-carbon development.

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  • Climate Risk Management

    Climate Risk Management

    Using local and national climate information for sustainable development planning

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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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  • Food Security

    Food Security

    Ensuring the availability of and access to food through resilient food systems and value chains.

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  • Foresight and Scenarios

    Foresight and Scenarios

    Applying adaptive scenario analysis and planning processes to help stakeholders to identify robust policies and programs and explore pathways for a sustainable future.

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  • Gender


    IISD is dedicated to advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment, both in our workplace and through our work.

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  • Green Finance

    Green Finance

    The financial system needs to serve as the nervous system of the global economy rather than its master as the 2007 global financial crisis illustrate this point. IISD's work on green finance stems from our conviction that the root causes of the 2007 crisis remain unaddressed.

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