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Navigating the sustainability transition requires instruments that can tell us where we are with regard to our goals, where we may be headed, and what our options are.

Instruments can help us set our goals and targets, others can be used to monitor and report on progress, and some are useful in exploring alternative futures. Effective sustainable development strategies and adaptive management require robust monitoring and assessment planning. IISD works to develop, enhance and apply measurement and assessment tools and processes for navigating the path to sustainable development.

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    Comprehensive Wealth in Canada 2018 – Measuring What Matters in the Long Term

    Comprehensive Wealth in Canada 2018 – Measuring What Matters in the Long Term

    Comprehensive wealth measures the country’s produced, natural, human, financial and social capital.

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  • Blog
    High-tech data needed to stop sewage overflows

    High-tech data needed to stop sewage overflows

    Financial sector technology could help as cities struggle with waste.

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  • Blog
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    The best city list ranks 140 cities globally, but factors of methodology and cost for data are limiting factors in realizing the full benefit of such an index.

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  • Report
    Our City: A Peg Report on Sustainability

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    Winnipeg is changing. Winnipeg has always been changing. The fourth edition of Our City, A Peg Report looks at Winnipeg through the lens of the three pillars of sustainability and integrates the Sustainable Development Goals.

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  • Speech
    IISD Speech: President and CEO Scott Vaughan at Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Fun, Profit and Saving the Earth event

    IISD Speech: President and CEO Scott Vaughan at Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Fun, Profit and Saving the Earth event

    IISD President and CEO Scott Vaughan spoke to nearly 400 business leaders about how transitioning to a green economy can help Winnipeg weather climate change.

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  • Policy Brief
    Measuring Winnipeggers' Convenient Access to Public Transit

    Measuring Winnipeggers' Convenient Access to Public Transit

    IISD has developed a method to track convenient access to public bus transit in Winnipeg, in Canada and globally. 

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  • Commentary
    What Is the Link Between Hunger and Migration?

    What Is the Link Between Hunger and Migration?

    In the context of the current refugee crisis—and the rhetoric surrounding international migration—we investigated how international migration is affected by economic growth, hunger and increased agricultural productivity.

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  • Briefing Note
    Indicator Preferences in National Reporting of Progress Toward the Sustainable Development Goals

    Indicator Preferences in National Reporting of Progress Toward the Sustainable Development Goals

    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are intended to offer an ambitious and transformational agenda for our common future through 2030. In this brief, we review countries’ voluntary reviews to the HLPF to identify  the indicators that countries have actually been using in their reports to date, and data attached to those indicators. 

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  • Video
    Cost of Pollution: Extreme Weather

    Cost of Pollution: Extreme Weather

    Did you know that the cost of climate change-related heat waves in Canada is estimated to have been $1.6 billion in 2015?

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  • Video
    Cost of Pollution: Contaminated Sites

    Cost of Pollution: Contaminated Sites

    Did you know that average annual cost of managing contaminated sites under federal jurisdiction in Canada was $283 million between 2005/06 and 2014/15?

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