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.
Nature's wealth: Wetlands as filters, fuel, flood protection and food
This publication, originally published as a news-style insert in the Winnipeg Free Press and the Brandon Sun, explores the many benefits of wetlands and showcases examples of how Manitobans enjoy and use these areas.Four major benefits of wetlands detailed are: fuel provision, water filtration,…
Bioeconomies at a Watershed Scale (brochure)
This brochure provides an overview of IISD’s watershed-focused approach to the bioeconomy.To do so, it details two case studies of watershed-based bioeconomies in: 1) the Lake Winnipeg watershed (Canada) and; 2) Wuliangsuhai Lake (China). In recent years, the idea of the bioeconomy has taken root…
Cattails Harvesting for Carbon Offsets and Nutrient Capture: A "Lake Friendly" greenhouse gas project
The Cattail Biomass Harvesting project is pursuing and evaluating the commercial-scale harvesting of cattail (Typha spp.) for its multiple co-benefits, in particular:Nutrient capture (i.e., phosphorus) through harvesting of nutrient-rich biomass to reduce phosphorus loading to Lake WinnipegUse of…
Our Lake, Our Solutions: Two years of progress and partnerships
This video details progress IISD has made with its partners on the bioeconomy concept since the Lake Winnipeg Basin Summit in 2010, when IISD brought together 150 stakeholders to talk about solutions for Lake Winnipeg, the 10th largest freshwater lake in the world and one of the most nutrient…
Water-Energy-Food Security: New Challenges and New Solutions for Water Management
The International Institute for Sustainable Development's Water Innovation Centre and Global Water System Project invite you to a groundbreaking discussion on 21st-century water management solutions at scales that matter: large basins that both influence and reflect water, energy and food security…
The Role of Water in the Green Economy
In May, 2012, IISD's Water Innovation Centre collaborated with the Global Water System Project to host a conference on the water, energy and food security nexus in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.The conference brought together more than 80 international experts, opinion leaders, policy-makers and…
EcoHealth: Health, Well-Being and Watersheds
This brochure summarizes the watershed-based approach to ecohealth taken by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, in partnership with the Network for Ecosystem Sustainability and Health.It provides the rationale for approaching public health at the watershed level and illustrates…
Ecohealth and Watersheds: Watersheds as Settings for Health and Well-Being in Canada
Human health and well-being are largely determined by "upstream" environmental and social factors.These factors can be usefully viewed within the physical construct of watersheds (catchments) at various scales. In part, this is due to (i) the hydrological imperative that defines watersheds and…
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