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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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 2020 Wall Calendars Now Available

IISD-ELA 2020 Wall Calendars Now Available

So you can spend a year at the world's freshwater laboratory

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IISD-ELA 2020 Wall Calendars Now Available

The Bittersweet Story of How We Stopped Acid Rain

The Bittersweet Story of How We Stopped Acid Rain

The BBC explores our research into how lakes are recovering from the legacy of acid rain

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The Bittersweet Story of How We Stopped Acid Rain

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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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

Who is an Environmentalist?

Who is an Environmentalist?

Our president explores for an awesome TEDxWinnipeg talk

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Who is an Environmentalist?

Harnessing the Power of Our Data to Protect Our Fresh Water

Harnessing the Power of Our Data to Protect Our Fresh Water

Learn all about the next stage in the data revolution

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Harnessing the Power of Our Data to Protect Our Fresh Water

  • "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

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