Water Innovation Centre
The Water Innovation Centre is a multiyear strategic initiative housed at IISD's head office in Winnipeg, Canada. The centre serves as the hub for the development of scientifically defensible watershed management processes and best practices.
The goal is to have sustainable water management and government policy that yields long-term benefits to Manitobans. IISD aims to foster a sustainable development vision for the Lake Winnipeg watershed as well as demonstrate and communicate the tools and practices that will realize this vision. In this work, IISD analyzed land use, hydrology, economies, policies, legislation and best practices to summarize and identify priorities and approaches for optimizing regional management in this watershed.
An example of an innovative approach developed and implemented is the watershed bioeconomy approach currently being replicated, tested and scaled up in parts of the Lake Winnipeg basin.
In the current phase of the Water Innovation Centre's work, IISD is expanding its efforts on Lake Winnipeg basin management to approach strategic management of the Nelson-Churchill river basin system of which the Lake Winnipeg basin is a part. Once again, the approach is to synthesize biophysical, socioeconomic, policy and other relevant information to clarify and recommend innovative approaches for watershed management that are sustainable.
Large Area Planning in the Nelson-Churchill River Basin (NCRB): Laying a foundation in northern Manitoba
This report explores two trends—the growing tendency towards large basin management and consideration of ecosystem services in decision making—for the northern portion of the Nelson-Churchill River Basin in Canada.
Large Area Planning in the Nelson-Churchill River Basin (NCRB): Laying a foundation in northern Manitoba (Summary)
This document summarizes a longer report that explores two trends—the growing tendency towards large basin management and consideration of ecosystem services in decision making—for the northern portion of the Nelson-Churchill River Basin in Canada.
Peatland Mining in Manitoba’s Interlake: Cumulative impacts analysis focusing on potential nutrient loading and greenhouse gas emissions
Advancing Netley-Libau Marsh Restoration Efforts: Cattail biomass and nutrient survey of Netley-Libau Marsh
Strategic Large-Basin Management for Multiple Benefits: Submission to the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission
Cattail Biomass in a Watershed-Based Bioeconomy: Commercial-scale harvesting and processing for nutrient capture, biocarbon and high-value bioproducts
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