The ISU has published a number of reports.  These include:

Tropical Forests: A Review

The ISU commissioned a wide-ranging review of the state of the world’s tropical forests and efforts to protect them, published in April 2015, and available at the link below. The report carries a Foreword by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and draws on wide engagement with Governments, NGOs, academics and the private sector. Its key findings encompass the latest science on climate change mitigation, forest degradation, biodiversity, ecosystem services and climate regulation. The report also contains a series of policy recommendations on REDD+, landscape restoration, commodity supply chains and sustainable forest management.

To access the report, please click the link below:
Tropical Forests, A Review

What Price Resilience? Towards Sustainable and Secure Food Systems

The ISU undertook research on the sustainability and resilience of food systems at a global level.  “What price resilience?” sets out that the resilience that is required within food production systems to cope with increasingly severe and frequent shocks is also a prerequisite for economic, social and political security.

“What price resilience?” highlights the need to develop a comprehensive understanding of the true costs of agriculture once ‘externalities’ associated with pollution, water depletion, soil degradation, biodiversity loss and greenhouse gases have been taken into account.  The results of an economic analysis of the costs and benefits of eight conventional food production systems and sustainable alternatives are presented.
To access the report, please click the link below:
What Price Resilience?  Towards Sustainable and Secure Food Systems


Towards Global Sustainable Fisheries: The Opportunity for Transition

This report presents the analysis and findings of the ISU’s research and consultative work in seeking to understand what is necessary to achieve more sustainable fisheries worldwide. The report sets out case studies and thematic analysis in order to provide context for the work of the ISU Marine Programme. It also sets out the economic, social and environmental case for change.

To access the report, please follow the link below:
Towards Global Sustainable Fisheries: The Opportunity for Transition


Fisheries in Transition: Fifty interviews with the fishing sector

Charlotte Tindall prepared a report for the ISU based on interviews with fishing communities from 50 different fisheries around the world about the benefits they are experiencing from managing their fisheries more sustainably. The aim of this report was to present the words of the fishers themselves, rather than through the filters of technical reports and scientific assessments. This report brings the issues and the opportunities to life and vividly demonstrates the possibilities for more sustainable management through what is already being achieved.

To access Charlotte Tindall’s report, please follow the link below:
Fisheries in Transition: Fifty interviews with the fishing sector


Towards Sustainable Fisheries Management: International Examples of Innovation

The early research phase of the Marine Programme included an examination of 22 fisheries around the world that demonstrate good practice, and an economic analysis of fisheries operating under a sustainable scenario compared to the business as usual.  From this research, the ISU produced a Consultative Document which was circulated to the fishing industry, governments, scientific organisations, private sector and NGO community for comment. This generated a great deal of feedback and reaction which in turn was used to shape the conclusions found in our report Towards Global Sustainable Fisheries:  The Opportunity for transition.

The ISU commissioned MRAG to conduct the examination of the 22 fisheries mentioned above and to then analyse whether the approaches being used are scalable.

To access MRAG’s report, please follow the link below:
MRAG report


Towards Investment in Sustainable Fisheries: A Framework for Financing the Transition

This document, which has been co-authored by the ISU, the Environmental Defense Fund and the 50 in10 collaborative platform, provides a framework for developing and financing fisheries projects. It was informed by existing work in the field and was intended as a discussion document to stimulate thought and progress towards investment in sustainable fisheries. The report provides an overview of the key building blocks required to increase a project’s feasibility, bankability and attractiveness to investors and unlock the private capital needed to finance the transition.

To access the report, please click here.


The Global Transition to Sustainable Fisheries: Taking Stock

In June 2016, the Marine Programme held a meeting to review progress toward the transition to sustainable fisheries management and to identify and outline solutions to tackle the key challenges that will face the fishing industry over the next five to ten years. Amongst many other things, the meeting highlighted the need to give greater attention to social issues within the fishing industry and to integrate fisheries policy more effectively into broader international priorities such as the Sustainable Development Goals and efforts to address climate change. A report was produced to summarize the meeting’s discussions, outcomes and recommendations.

To access the report, please click here.



Towards the end of 2012, and the conclusion of the first three year period of ‘fast start finance’, The Prince’s Rainforests Project commissioned a paper to assess the current status of interim REDD+ finance, and ways forward for 2013 – 2020.

“Interim REDD+ Finance: Current Status and Ways Forward for 2013-2020”

In late 2011, the PRP commissioned three regional studies to examine the opportunities to increase production of key commodities without causing further deforestation in particular jurisdictions, as well as the investments and enabling policy frameworks required to realise those opportunities.  These reports can be found through the links below:

Boer et al., 2012. “Reducing agricultural expansion into forests in Central Kalimantan: analysis of implementation and financing gaps”. Centre for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia.

Robbins and Baffoe, 2012. “Reducing agricultural expansion into forests in the Eastern and Western Regions of Ghana: analysis of implementation and financing gaps”, Doreo Partners, ProForest Initiative, London.

Strassburg et al., 2012. “Increasing Agricultural Output while Avoiding Deforestation: Proposals for Immediate Action”, International Institute for Sustainability, Rio de Janeiro.

Strassburg Relatório em Português

The key findings are also described in the following synthesis report.

The Prince’s Charities’ International Sustainability Unit, 2012.  “REDD+ and Agriculture: Key findings from Brazil, Ghana and Indonesia”.