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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Our Very First Artist-in-Residence Program

Our Very First Artist-in-Residence Program

Come out to our site next summer and be inspired

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Our Very First Artist-in-Residence Program

Double Your Donation to the World's Freshwater Laboratory

Double Your Donation to the World's Freshwater Laboratory

Every dollar you donate will be matched up to $1,000,000 by Mike Paterson, Gail Asper and family

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Double Your Donation to the World's Freshwater Laboratory

Step inside the World’s Freshwater Laboratory’s Laboratory

Step inside the World’s Freshwater Laboratory’s Laboratory

Follow a water sample from the lake through the chemistry laboratory

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Step inside the World’s Freshwater Laboratory’s Laboratory

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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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

Kaptur’s bill in Ohio doesn't get to the root causes of what plagues our lakes

Kaptur’s bill in Ohio doesn't get to the root causes of what plagues our lakes

Scott Higgins makes the case in The Hill

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Kaptur’s bill in Ohio doesn't get to the root causes of what plagues our lakes

An artist's impression of IISD Experimental Lakes Area

An artist's impression of IISD Experimental Lakes Area

Experience the World’s Freshwater Laboratory through the Eyes of our first Artist in Residence

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An artist's impression of IISD Experimental Lakes Area

  • "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