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Institute for Sustainable Development Foundation




The Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) is a non-governmental think-tank type organisation which was found in 1990 on the initiative of few members of the Polish Ecological Club. ISD works for the promotion and implementation of the principles and solutions which contribute to Poland’s sustainable development.

ISD Foundation have been recognised as first Polish and Central European think-tank in the field of environment in Go To Think-Tank Index opinion pool of University of Pennsylvania in 2016 and 2017 [2016 see>>] [2017 see>>]

In its activities, the Institute is guided by its mission to:

  • build positive relations between socio-economic development and environmental protection;
  • act in the interest of the present and future generations.

The Institute is a member of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), CAN-Europe, Climate-KIC and takes part in the national NGO coalitions, e.g. the Climate, for EU Funds and Forum for the Animation of Rural Areas.

You can find out a little bit more on the EEB 2016 Annual Conference poster. OPEN PDF






Under the following links you can find English information about some of our projects:

ADAPTCITY (2014-2018)

Make Europe Sustainable for All (2017-onwards), as a partner of European Environmental Bureau

LIFE_WZROST (2016-2018), as a partner of WWF Poland

Close to nature (Tourism in Nature 2000 areas)

Good climate for the counties – DOKLIP (2010-2015)

Join in! (2012-2014)



Motto and activities




Foundation works under the motto: …in the interest of future generations

Activities of the foundation focus on 10 themes:

Energy – demand side management, increase of energy efficiency and support for renewable.

– sustainable mobility, treating equally the road, rail, public and nonmotorized modes of transport

Rural areas
– promotion of the sustainable development of rural areas with landscape and nature protection as well as non-farming forms of employment on rural areas (particularly through the development of tourism).

Urban areas
– improving the living conditions of the inhabitants, controlling of city sprawl and sustainable use of city resources

Jobs –
creation of environmentally friendly entrepreneurship and raising the environmental awareness of business

Climate protection
– supporting the integration between climate policy and the economic development; working on changes of the public behavior towards more sustainable consumption; adaptation to climate change

Natura 2000
– promotion of the development which protects and strengthens the natural capital together with searching for patterns to use the areas with natural values for environmentally friendly local development – particularly through tourism

– creation of an economy which increasingly takes into account the external costs (environmental and social ones) and intends to phase out environmentally harmful subsidies

EU structural funds and Cohesion Fund
– indicating the possibilities of the effective use of these Funds, strengthening of the sustainable development and preventing the excessive consumption of natural resources

Strategic assessments
– expanding the scope of using of the strategic environmental assessments as an instrument to integrate environmental policy into other policies


Contact details


Institute for Sustainable Development Foundation

ul. Nabielaka 15 lok. 1

00-743 Warsaw, Poland

tel. (00-48) 22 851 04 02, fax. (00-48) 22 851 04 00

Bank account: 53 1240 1024 1111 0010 1422 8655

Registration number: 0000134492

VAT number: 5221006268

If you wish to write us immediately use the internet form: CLICK