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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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  • Report
    Missing the 23 Per Cent Target: Roadblocks to the development of renewable energy in Indonesia

    Missing the 23 Per Cent Target: Roadblocks to the development of renewable energy in Indonesia

    This report seeks to answer the question of why renewable energy deployment, particularly wind and solar, has not taken off in Indonesia. To understand the forces shaping the sector, and what can be done to remedy the situation, IISD conducted interviews with politicians, civil servants, industry representatives, renewable energy developers, civil society organizations, international donors and other stakeholders. A total of 26 interviews took place, revealing the roots of the problem, the broader political economy of the energy sector and some possible ways forward. Read More
  • Blog
    Ensuring Access to Water and Sanitation for All: What SDG 6 wants to achieve and why it matters

    Ensuring Access to Water and Sanitation for All: What SDG 6 wants to achieve and why it matters

    This World Water Day, we take a look at Sustainable Development Goal 6 ("ensure access to water and sanitation for all") and explain what it is meant to acheive, and why it matters. Read More
  • Blog
    Five Steps We Must Take to Protect Refugees in the Future

    Five Steps We Must Take to Protect Refugees in the Future

    This year, a new reality, based on a new international paradigm regarding refugees futures, must emerge. Here are five steps that need to be set in motion to make this happen. Read More
  • Report
    Moving Towards Sustainable Performance-Based Procurement in the Western Cape

    Moving Towards Sustainable Performance-Based Procurement in the Western Cape

    Read this report to discover how public procurement is no longer a back-office function anymore, but a crucial pillar for delivering government services, and a strategic one for tackling climate change.  Read More
  • Report
    Electricity Sector Reform in Uttar Pradesh: Analysis of tariff adjustments and the Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana Plan (UDAY)

    Electricity Sector Reform in Uttar Pradesh: Analysis of tariff adjustments and the Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana Plan (UDAY)

    This study by IISD-Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) examines the electricity sector of the state of Uttar Pradesh by analyzing tariff adjustments and the financial assistance scheme UDAY. Read More
  • Report
    The Social and Environmental Benefits of Manitoba's Community Pastures

    The Social and Environmental Benefits of Manitoba's Community Pastures

    A total economic value analysis of Manitoba's community pastures, demonstrating the private and public benefits of sustainable grazing management. Read More
  • Policy Brief
    Manitoba's Biomass Fuel: Protecting our environment and saving us money

    Manitoba's Biomass Fuel: Protecting our environment and saving us money

    Biomass is a viable, abundant and environmentally sound source of renewable energy in Manitoba. This is what we need to do to make it a major renewable energy player in the province. Read More
  • Commentary
    Is it Adaptation or Development? Revisiting the continuum 10 years later

    Is it Adaptation or Development? Revisiting the continuum 10 years later

    "Is it adaptation or is it development?" In this blog post, Anne Hammill and Heather McGray revisit “the adaptation continuum” they developed in 2007 to provide a framework that proposed a range of what adaptation can look like. Read More
  • Blog
    Why We Should Foster Economic Independence for Women in Artisanal and Small-scale Mining

    Why We Should Foster Economic Independence for Women in Artisanal and Small-scale Mining

    How can the Artisanal and Small-scale Mining sector support female miners and ultimately foster their economic independence? Read More
  • Blog
    Connecting the Dots: Natural resources, women and peace

    Connecting the Dots: Natural resources, women and peace

    To celebrate International Women’s Day, we spoke with Silja Halle of UN Environment to discuss the opportunities presented by environment and natural resources to strengthen women’s participation in peace processes. Read More