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Just as water flows across borders, our work stretches across sectors and nations. We are experts in large-basin management, and addressing complex nexus issues such as the interactions between watersheds and climate change, or water, energy and food.

IISD focuses on policy and programming solutions for governments, civil society and industry that protect and enhance the natural environment, while also improving socioeconomic well-being. We conduct economic analyses and hydrologic assessments so that governments can consider different options before making final decisions. And we support the management of watersheds across national boundaries, bringing together all relevant sectors and stakeholders.

Our policy work is informed by scientific research conducted at IISD Experimental Lakes Area, a one-of-a-kind outdoor laboratory that allows us to conduct safe experiments on whole lakes in a way no other research site in the world can do.

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Making Biomass Big Business in Manitoba
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Making Biomass Big Business in Manitoba

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  • Blog
    Making Biomass Big Business in Manitoba

    Blog

    Making Biomass Big Business in Manitoba

    Biomass has the potential to be a major player in the renewable energy sector in Manitoba. Now we need to create a sustainable industry for it. Here's how we can make that happen.

  • Blog
    Canada's Unsung Female Heroes of Life Sciences

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    Canada's Unsung Female Heroes of Life Sciences

    International Day of Women and Girls in Science is February 11, 2018. To mark the occasion, let’s look back at some of Canada’s women life scientists. 

  • Blog
    Cape Town’s Water Woes: An uncomfortable parable on climate change

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    Cape Town’s Water Woes: An uncomfortable parable on climate change

    Can the current water crisis that Cape Town is experiencing be seen as a parable for climate change? Aaron Cosbey thinks so and explains all.

  • Commentary
    The End of the Line? How to save our fish

    Commentary

    The End of the Line? How to save our fish

    Target 14.6 of the Sustainable Development Goals calls on the WTO for the elimination of subsidies that contribute to overexploitation of fisheries by 2020. Mark Halle explains why this matters, and where we need to go from here.

  • Policy Brief
    How to Best Manage Water Retention Sites to Protect Manitoba's Environment

    Policy Brief

    How to Best Manage Water Retention Sites to Protect Manitoba's Environment

    Water retention sites—vital for protecting Manitoba from floods—must be well managed so Manitobans can enjoy the abundance of additional environmental benefits they can bring.

  • Blog
    What Are Algal Blooms and Why Do They Matter?

    Blog

    What Are Algal Blooms and Why Do They Matter?

    Algal blooms on lakes are unsightly and can be toxic. Want to know what they are and how we can help combat them? Learn more.

  • Blog
    Exploring What Oil Spills Do to Fresh Water

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    Exploring What Oil Spills Do to Fresh Water

    You may be surprised to learn that we actually know very little about what happens to fresh water systems when an oil spill occurs. That’s why IISD Experimental Lakes Area is planning a large project to answer those very questions.

  • Interactive
    Manitoba Bioeconomy Atlas

    Interactive

    Manitoba Bioeconomy Atlas

    The Manitoba Bioeconomy Atlas demonstrates the economic and ecological value of common wetland plants as a marketable feedstock for biomass energy—all with the goal of creating a healthier Lake Winnipeg basin and developing a Manitoba bioeconomy.

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