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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

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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  • Food Security

    Food Security

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

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  • Gender


    IISD is dedicated to advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment, both in our workplace and through our work. Find out how we support progress on gender issues.

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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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