International Institute for Sustainable Development

IISD is in the business of promoting change towards sustainable development. As a policy research institute dedicated to effective communication of our findings, we engage decision-makers in government, business, NGOs and other sectors in the development and implementation of policies that are simultaneously beneficial to the global economy, the global environment and to social well-being.

In the pursuit of sustainable development, we promote open and effective international negotiation processes. And we believe fervently in the importance of building our own institutional capacity while helping our partner organizations in the developing world to excel.

Established in 1990, IISD is a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization with a diverse team of more than 150 people located in more than 30 countries. Through our dynamic portfolio of projects, we partner with more than 200 organizations throughout the world.

IISD is registered as a charitable organization in Canada and has 501(c)(3) status in the United States. IISD receives core operating support from the Government of Canada, provided through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Environment Canada; and from the Province of Manitoba. The Institute receives project funding from numerous governments inside and outside Canada, United Nations agencies, foundations, the private sector and individual donors.

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National Adaptation Planning

Designing robust, flexible adaptation strategies for national adaptation plans.

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Adaptation Decision Making

Sharing methods, tools and approaches for adaptation decision-making.

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Seeking Clarity on Nature-Based Climate Solutions for Adaptation

Learn how to clarify the concepts of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) and Nature-Based Climate Solutions (NBCS) with an emphasis on climate adaptation with this guidance note. 

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Solutions in Nature: Lessons from Fiji and Timor-Leste

This video features two countries—Fiji and Timor-Leste—that are effectively scaling up Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) actions through their National Adaptation Plan (NAP) processes.

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How Timor-Leste Is Using NAP Process to Scale Up Ecosystem-Based Adaptation (EbA)

Discover how the Timor-Leste government has adopted Ecosystem-based adaptation as a guiding principle in its NAP process to connect ecosystem protection and climate action.

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Amplifying Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) with National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Processes

Learn how the opportunities and outcomes of Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) can be amplified by a country’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process.

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Toward Gender-Responsive Ecosystem-Based Adaptation

The purpose of this report is two-fold: to illustrate the importance of integrating gender considerations in EbA actions, and to provide concrete examples of how this can be done in practice.

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Toward a National Adaptation Strategy for Canada

The purpose of this paper is to outline some key issues and considerations that should inform the development of Canada’s National Adaptation Strategy (NAS).

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