Lake Winnipeg Basin Summit Follow-up Meeting: Our Lake, Our Solutions

By Dimple Roy, Henry David Venema, Henry David Venema, Darren A. Swanson on March 21, 2012

On November 30 and December 1, 2010, approximately 150 scientists, policy-makers, business leaders, civil society members and other stakeholders convened in Winnipeg for an intensive, two-day "Lake Winnipeg Basin Summit" hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Water Innovation Centre (WIC).

The discussions focused on how to develop solutions for Lake Winnipeg water quality and nutrient loading that not only address environmental concerns, but also recognize social and economic values.As a follow-up, on December 1, 2011, IISD`s WIC convened a smaller group of involved stakeholders to help build the Lake Winnipeg Bioeconomy concept as a means of managing nutrients in the Lake Winnipeg Basin while creating opportunities for Manitoba`s economy.This document provides a synthesis of this half-day event and summarizes the inputs and feedback received on the concept and its components. It also provides some clarity on IISD-WIC's vision and plans to advance the project through four major activity streams: (i) Strategy and Vision; (ii) Innovation and Investment; (iii) Communication and Partnerships; and (iv) Policy Development.

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