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Watersheds and the Bioeconomy

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IISD’s bioeconomy work is linked to our focus on watersheds where under-utilized plant sources, such as agricultural residues and wetland plants, can be harvested sustainably and turned into sources of energy, plastics, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Our experts in land and water policy, watershed analysis, modelling, stakeholder consultations, ecosystem services and environmental economics work with public and private partners to develop bioeconomies around the world. We succeed through landscape analyses, by forming partnerships for harvesting and processing and by developing markets and policies for implementing sustainable processes. 

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    Canada Should Copy Europe When It Comes to the Bioeconomy

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    Adaptive and Inclusive Watershed Management: Assessing policy and institutional support in Kenya

    Adaptive and Inclusive Watershed Management: Assessing policy and institutional support in Kenya

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    Floating Treatment Wetlands: Keeping our fresh water clean and healthy

    Floating Treatment Wetlands: Keeping our fresh water clean and healthy

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    Adaptive and Inclusive Watershed Management: Assessing policy and institutional support in Uganda

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