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The Water Innovation Centre is a multiyear strategic initiative housed at IISD's head office in Winnipeg, Canada. The centre serves as the hub for the development of scientifically defensible watershed management processes and best practices.

The goal is to have sustainable water management and government policy that yields long-term benefits to Manitobans. IISD aims to foster a sustainable development vision for the Lake Winnipeg watershed as well as demonstrate and communicate the tools and practices that will realize this vision. In this work, IISD analyzed land use, hydrology, economies, policies, legislation and best practices to summarize and identify priorities and approaches for optimizing regional management in this watershed.

An example of an innovative approach developed and implemented is the watershed bioeconomy approach currently being replicated, tested and scaled up in parts of the Lake Winnipeg basin.

In the current phase of the Water Innovation Centre's work, IISD is expanding its efforts on Lake Winnipeg basin management to approach strategic management of the Nelson-Churchill river basin system of which the Lake Winnipeg basin is a part. Once again, the approach is to synthesize biophysical, socioeconomic, policy and other relevant information to clarify and recommend innovative approaches for watershed management that are sustainable.

  • Report
    Large Area Planning in the Nelson-Churchill River Basin (NCRB): Laying a foundation in northern Manitoba

    Large Area Planning in the Nelson-Churchill River Basin (NCRB): Laying a foundation in northern Manitoba

    This report explores two trends—the growing tendency towards large basin management and consideration of ecosystem services in decision making—for the northern portion of the Nelson-Churchill River Basin in Canada. Read More
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    Large Area Planning in the Nelson-Churchill River Basin (NCRB): Laying a foundation in northern Manitoba (Summary)

    Large Area Planning in the Nelson-Churchill River Basin (NCRB): Laying a foundation in northern Manitoba (Summary)

    This document summarizes a longer report that explores two trends—the growing tendency towards large basin management and consideration of ecosystem services in decision making—for the northern portion of the Nelson-Churchill River Basin in Canada. Read More
  • Paper
    Peatland Mining in Manitoba’s Interlake: Cumulative impacts analysis focusing on potential nutrient loading and greenhouse gas emissions

    Peatland Mining in Manitoba’s Interlake: Cumulative impacts analysis focusing on potential nutrient loading and greenhouse gas emissions

    Peat has been mined in Manitoba for over 70 years and currently represents approximately 13 per cent of Canada’s horticulture peat production.Manitoba Read More
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    Advancing Netley-Libau Marsh Restoration Efforts: Cattail biomass and nutrient survey of Netley-Libau Marsh

    Advancing Netley-Libau Marsh Restoration Efforts: Cattail biomass and nutrient survey of Netley-Libau Marsh

    Lake Winnipeg is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world and drains a watershed area of 1,000,000 square kilometres. Overloading of Read More
  • Paper
    Strategic Large-Basin Management for Multiple Benefits: Submission to the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission

    Strategic Large-Basin Management for Multiple Benefits: Submission to the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission

    This paper was submitted to the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission (CEC) for consideration in its review of the regulation of Lake Winnipeg under Read More
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    Cattail Biomass in a Watershed-Based Bioeconomy: Commercial-scale harvesting and processing for nutrient capture, biocarbon and high-value bioproducts

    Cattail Biomass in a Watershed-Based Bioeconomy: Commercial-scale harvesting and processing for nutrient capture, biocarbon and high-value bioproducts

    One of the fundamental insights of the Watershed-Bioeconomy research is that phosphorus, the nutrient responsible for fouling Lake Winnipeg and other Read More
  • Brochure
    Water-Energy-Food for Policymakers: What does it mean?

    Water-Energy-Food for Policymakers: What does it mean?

    In developed and developing countries alike, there is increasing demand for water, energy and food (which combine to form what is called the WEF nexus Read More
  • Brochure
    Watershed Indicators

    Watershed Indicators

    A common barrier to effective planning In watersheds around the world is the complexity of the multi-faceted issues, incomplete and inaccessible data, Read More
  • Brochure
    Nature's wealth: Wetlands as filters, fuel, flood protection and food

    Nature's wealth: Wetlands as filters, fuel, flood protection and food

    This publication, originally published as a news-style insert in the Winnipeg Free Press and the Brandon Sun, explores the many benefits of wetlands Read More
  • Brochure
    Bioeconomies at a Watershed Scale (brochure)

    Bioeconomies at a Watershed Scale (brochure)

    This brochure provides an overview of IISD’s watershed-focused approach to the bioeconomy.To do so, it details two case studies of watershed-based Read More