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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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

Visit IISD Experimental Lakes Area to see the work first hand

Visit IISD Experimental Lakes Area to see the work first hand

Join us on Saturday September 29 from Kenora

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Visit IISD Experimental Lakes Area to see the work first hand

How a deliberate oil spill will help protect the environment

How a deliberate oil spill will help protect the environment

Read all about our latest research on oil spills on the BBC Future website

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How a deliberate oil spill will help protect the environment

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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Join Us in the Field

Join Us in the Field

Scott Higgins takes us out to add phosphorus to Lake 227

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Join Us in the Field

High-tech data needed to stop sewage overflows

High-tech data needed to stop sewage overflows

Geoffrey Gunn makes the case in the Toronto Star

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High-tech data needed to stop sewage overflows

When a lake is better than a lab

When a lake is better than a lab

Canadian Geographic helps us celebrate our fiftieth year

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When a lake is better than a lab

  • "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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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

Whole-ecosystem research

Whole-ecosystem research

Operations and science require considerable funding and support to maintain its long history of influential and unique research

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