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IISD publishes objective, independent, high-quality research including books, reports, working papers and other materials covering all sustainable development themes. 

The IISD Library includes reports, issue briefs, books, working papers and other materials capturing much of IISD's institutional and research history.

IISD's publications are available to download as PDF files at no charge. Hard copies of many of these are also available for sale. See our Permissions & Licensing Policy. We are occasionally able to reprint bulk orders of out-of-print publications (a minimum of 50 copies). For further information on such special orders, please contact the Publications Coordinator. If you have any trouble finding specific titles in the database or have any questions about our publications, please contact us.

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  • Blog
    Why Social Innovation Is Crucial in Mining

    Why Social Innovation Is Crucial in Mining

    Social innovation has been recognized as crucial for the future of the mining industry. In this blog, we interview Alec Crawford, Senior Researcher at IISD, about his thoughts on social innovation in the sector. Read More
  • Blog
    IISD Contributes to the Annual Meeting of the New Development Bank

    IISD Contributes to the Annual Meeting of the New Development Bank

    IISD applauds the New Development Bank for setting out a clear target whereby two thirds of its portfolio will advance sustainable infrastructure as well as their strategic focus on clean energy, irrigation and water resource management. Read More
  • Policy Brief
     sNAPshot | Funding Adaptation Through Cambodia’s National Budget

    sNAPshot | Funding Adaptation Through Cambodia’s National Budget

    The National Adaptation Plan (NAP) processes underway in a growing number of developing countries require significant funding that is expected to come from a mix of sources, including domestic public finance, international public finance and private finance. Read More
  • Blog
    Can Sustainability Standards Help Protect the World’s Biodiversity?

    Can Sustainability Standards Help Protect the World’s Biodiversity?

    Voluntary sustainability standards provide an opportunity to reduce agriculture's impact on biodiversity and promote best practices. On World Biodiversity Day, we interview IISD expert Vivek Voora, on on how standards can impact biodiversity.  Read More
  • 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. Read More
  • Blog
    Food for Thought: Weighing up health and investment in the age of the new pandemic

    Food for Thought: Weighing up health and investment in the age of the new pandemic

    Obesity is increasing in developing countries and trade agreements could help monitor this. Read more to find out how. Read More
  • Report
    Women in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining: Challenges and opportunities for greater participation

    Women in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining: Challenges and opportunities for greater participation

    This report from the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development highlights the key challenges and opportunities women in ASM face, including access to finance, access to equipment and technology, institutional support and services and more. Read More
  • Report
    The End of Coal: Alberta's coal phase-out

    The End of Coal: Alberta's coal phase-out

    Alberta implements one of the most ambitious coal phase-outs the world over. What are the politics and economics behind it? Learn more from our new report.  Read More
  • Blog
    Could a U.S.–China Trade War Lead to a New Wave of Land Grabs?

    Could a U.S.–China Trade War Lead to a New Wave of Land Grabs?

    A trade war could force China to search for new frontiers to secure its soybean demand and protect its supply chains, leading to another wave of so-called “land grabs.”  Read More
  • Blog
    The Federal Court of Canada and the End of Investor-state Dispute Settlement in NAFTA?

    The Federal Court of Canada and the End of Investor-state Dispute Settlement in NAFTA?

    A recent Federal Court of Canada decision should spell the end of renegotiations on the investment chapter of NAFTA, and ignite a renegotiation of the investment chapters of other trade agreements. Read More