The International Institute for Sustainability is an independent think-and-do-tank focused on understanding the relationship between human society and the environment.

Our main objective is to promote sustainable land use, in particular biodiversity conservation, ecosystem service provisioning, sustainable soil management, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the socioeconomic development of actors involved in these processes. In doing so, we seek solutions to the challenges associated with sustainable development.

IIS develops research, training, and tools for public policy implementation.

Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, IIS has participated and provided grants to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), as well as to national and local governments in processes involving different actors. Our research and projects include actions aimed at communication, scientific dissemination and education, which seek to engage new actors in our research endeavors and makeour research products more accessible to a wide audience.

Our mission is to generate and disseminate knowledge through basic and applied research that contributes to the transition to sustainability.

Our main lines of research are:

1. Spatial intelligence for conservation, restoration and sustainability:
Custom multicriteria optimization;
Description of trade-off curves;
Scenarios for future landscapes;
Connectivity analysis.

2. Restoration economics and sustainable intensification:
Restoration models with economic gains;
Agricultural cash flow simulations;
Level risk analysis for rural property ;
Integrated production models (agroforestry and forest-crop-livestock).

3. Valuation of ecosystem services:
Social perceptions;
Biophysical and economic valuation;
Water quality and availability;
Pollination and crop productivity;
Carbon stocks.

4. Land Use Modeling:
Partial equilibrium models;
Agent-based models;
Scenarios under climate change;
Mitigation of impacts on landscape scale productivity.

5. Analyses to reveal local and global patterns:
- Synthesis workshops;
- Meta-analyses;
- Mechanistic models of systems;
- Complex adaptive systems.

6. Sustainable soil management:
- Qualitative soil analysis;
- Investigation of soil processes;
- Characterization of biochar;
- Application of biochar in agriculture, livestock and catering.

7. Socioeconomic and human welfare dimensions:
- Perceptions and motivations of stakeholders;
- Participatory methodologies (interviews, focus groups);
- Catering products and recipe analysis;
- Income generation models and impacts on socioeconomic indices;
- Potential of payments for ecosystem services.

8. Implementation of pilot areas:
- Integrated management of rural properties and landscape;
- Restoration implementation and conservation actions;
- Support to local partners and extensionists;
- Training for sustainable management and environmental education;
- Communication for knowledge engagement and dissemination.

Our goal is to strengthen IIS's position as an international reference center on sustainability science issues.

Integrates the Global Challenges Research Fund's Trade and Environment Center.

funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) of the UK Research and Innovation Agency (UKRI) and led by the UN's World Conservation Monitoring Center Environment (WCMC).

Internal collaborators (53)

External collaborators (10)

Partners (39)

Agroicone Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado (AMLD) Banco Mundial Brazilian Biodiversity Fund (Funbio) Caminho da Mata Atlântica (CMA) Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Centro de Ciências da Conservação e Sustentabilidade do Rio (CSRio) Columbia University Conservation International Convention on Biological Diversity Embrapa Agrobiologia Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Embrapa) Escola Superior de Agricultura FBDS Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Federal Republic of Germany Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative Fundo Brasileiro para Biodiversidade (FUNBIO) Global Environment Fund Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation IIASA Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro (JBRJ) Laboratório de Vertebrados do Instituto de Biologia da UFRJ (LabVert) Ministério do Meio Ambiente - Governo Federal (MMA) Nature Map NGI Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu (REGUA) Secretaria do Meio Ambiente do Estado de São Paulo - SMA/SP The Nature Conservancy (TNC) UNEP/WCMC University of Cambridge University of East Anglia USP World Agroforestry Centre World Resources Institute (WRI) World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)