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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This Is How We Are Responding to COVID-19

This Is How We Are Responding to COVID-19

As we plan for the uncertain months ahead, the safety of our community is our top priority

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This Is How We Are Responding to COVID-19

Get ready to hack Lake Winnipeg

Get ready to hack Lake Winnipeg

And win $20,000 in the process...!

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Get ready to hack Lake Winnipeg

Have a Meeting at the World’s Freshwater Laboratory … Virtually!

Have a Meeting at the World’s Freshwater Laboratory … Virtually!

With these custom backgrounds, you can take meetings right in the heart of the action at IISD-ELA.

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Have a Meeting at the World’s Freshwater Laboratory … Virtually!

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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Do you like to LOL? Like...really LOL?

Do you like to LOL? Like...really LOL?

We encouraged our scientists to LOL their theses—with hilarious results.

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Do you like to LOL? Like...really LOL?

The World's Freshwater Laboratory As Seen from The Air

The World's Freshwater Laboratory As Seen from The Air

Thanks to the power of drone technology, you can see us in a completely different light

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The World's Freshwater Laboratory As Seen from The Air

Silver Uncontrolled

Silver Uncontrolled

How nanosilver gets into our fresh water, and what we need to do about it

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Silver Uncontrolled

  • "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