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Our work on natural and social capital focuses on people, places and planning for sustainability.

The advancement of human well-being depends both on our natural capital—our ecosystems—and on social capital, which refers to the connections among individuals and organizations that help innovate our way toward sustainability in the communities and watersheds in which we live. We strive to improve planning and management for ecosystems and communities, while ensuring that the processes for doing so are inclusive, adaptive and integrative.

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    Comprehensive Wealth in Canada—Measuring what matters in the long run

    Comprehensive Wealth in Canada—Measuring what matters in the long run

    This report seeks to introduce the concept of comprehensive wealth to Canadians and outline why it should be considered an essential complement to the other measures such as gross domestic product.

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    Cost-Benefit Analysis of Three Proposed Distributed Water Storage Options for Manitoba

    Cost-Benefit Analysis of Three Proposed Distributed Water Storage Options for Manitoba

    This report attempts to demonstrate how land management best practices to prevent floods and droughts can also provide significant nutrient...

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    Why We Don't Really Measure Natural Capital but Really Should

    Why We Don't Really Measure Natural Capital but Really Should

    This policy brief discusses the critical importance of shifting the focus of economic measurement from GDP alone to a broader measure based on the...

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    Implementing an Agricultural Water Security Market for Southwestern Manitoba

    Implementing an Agricultural Water Security Market for Southwestern Manitoba

    Water security is increasingly becoming a concern in many parts of the world. Although southwestern Manitoba is endowed with relatively sufficient...

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    Community Sharing Circle Briefing Note: Poplar River First Nation, Manitoba

    Community Sharing Circle Briefing Note: Poplar River First Nation, Manitoba

    An interactive sharing circle-style workshop was held in Poplar River on March 22, 2011 to explore a series of questions to better understand how...

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    Community Sharing Circle Briefing Note: Bloodvein First Nation, Manitoba

    Community Sharing Circle Briefing Note: Bloodvein First Nation, Manitoba

    An interactive sharing circle-style workshop was held in Bloodvein on February 17, 2011 to explore a series of questions to better understand how...

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    Understanding the Contribution of the Environment to Human Well-Being: A review of literature

    Understanding the Contribution of the Environment to Human Well-Being: A review of literature

    This paper provides a review of literature on the linkages between ecosystem services and human well-being, including their assessment and related...

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    Understanding the Role of the Boreal Environment in Supporting the Well-Being of Remote First Nations Communities in Canada

    Understanding the Role of the Boreal Environment in Supporting the Well-Being of Remote First Nations Communities in Canada

    IISD collaborated with two remote First Nations Communities in Manitoba to advance an assessment framework for better understanding the role of the...

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    Ecological Goods and Services: A Review of Best Practice in Policy and Programing

    Ecological Goods and Services: A Review of Best Practice in Policy and Programing

    This research paper provides a review of programing and research in ecological goods and services (EGS) internationally and in Canada.The...

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    Ecosystem Approaches in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM): A Review of Transboundary Basins

    Ecosystem Approaches in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM): A Review of Transboundary Basins

    Integrated water resources management (IWRM) combines land and water management through broad-based stakeholder participation to realize multiple...

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