International Institute for Sustainable development
IISD-ELA Experimental Lakes Area

IISD Experimental Lakes Area is one of the world's most influential freshwater research facilities.

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We must study marijuana's impact on the environment before it's too late

We must study marijuana's impact on the environment before it's too late

Vince Palace explains why in The Guardian

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We must study marijuana's impact on the environment before it's too late

Indigenous and Western Approaches to Environmental Science

Indigenous and Western Approaches to Environmental Science

This is what integration means to us

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Indigenous and Western Approaches to Environmental Science

Give to the World’s Freshwater Laboratory This Holiday Season

Give to the World’s Freshwater Laboratory This Holiday Season

Now we begin the next 50 years of freshwater research … and we need YOUR help.

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Give to the World’s Freshwater Laboratory This Holiday Season

Celebrate the fiftieth year of the world's freshwater laboratory with some beautiful anniversary merchandise!

Research at IISD Experimental Lakes Area improves our understanding of human impacts on the environment, influences policy and environmental best practices, and supports public awareness. IISD-ELA's unique value to the scientific community is the ability to conduct research at the whole ecosystem level.

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Captured & Processed

Captured & Processed

Thousands of photographs and hundreds of thousands of fish

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Captured & Processed

Buy a Beautiful Piece of Jewellery and Support IISD-ELA

Buy a Beautiful Piece of Jewellery and Support IISD-ELA

This unique design would make a great gift for a loved one and for those who enjoy spending time on the water

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Buy a Beautiful Piece of Jewellery and Support IISD-ELA

Come and work at IISD Experimental Lakes

Come and work at IISD Experimental Lakes

Apply for our Graduate Research Fellowship

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Come and work at IISD Experimental Lakes

  • "IISD-ELA is the supercollider of ecology."

    Dr. David W. Schindler, OC, AOE, DPhil, FRSC, FRS, Killam Memorial Chair and Professor of Ecology (emeritus), University of Alberta

  • "IISD-ELA is the place for high-impact science."

    Dr. Karen Kidd, Canada Research Chair, Canadian Rivers Institute and University of New Brunswick

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Exceptional Natural Laboratory

Exceptional Natural Laboratory

IISD-ELA's unique research influences and generates cost-effective environmental policies, regulations and management.

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About

Long-term data

Long-term data

IISD-ELA has amassed one of the largest and most comprehensive data sets globally on pristine and manipulated freshwater lakes

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Science & Data

Research, results & commentary

Research, results & commentary

Groundbreaking results and expert commentary on current key issues affecting freshwater in our world today

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News & Media

Educating, inspiring and training

Educating, inspiring and training

IISD-ELA engages young and old in the importance of freshwater science for sustainable development

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Education & Outreach

Arrange a visit

Arrange a visit

Necessary permits and arrangements can be made to engage in eductional science and research at the facilities

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Visitors

DOUBLE YOUR DONATION TO IISD-ELA

DOUBLE YOUR DONATION TO IISD-ELA

Every dollar you donate to our Endowment Fund will be matched up to $1,000,000

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Endowment Fund