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When it comes to achieving a sustainable world, it is critical to actively foster innovation within the sustainable development sector, as well as encouraging the adoption of new technologies from other sectors.

In fact, such is the necessity that the United Nations opted to dedicate Sustainable Development Goal 9 to building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation. 

Internet of Things is one of the technologies, originally championed by the banking sector, that IISD has suggested could be adopted by those working to safeguard the environment.

IISD has been exploring how certain innovative technologies such as Internet of Things, big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain, originally embraced by the banking sector to increase the effectiveness of their business, could be adopted by the environmental and sustainable development sectors. We are especially interested in how those who work on freshwater stewardship can look to these technologies to better monitor water flow and the contaminants that enter our lakes.

We are now looking to use AI technolgies to reimagine how IISD Experimental Lakes Area uses its 50-year dataset to understand the future of its lakes, especially given a changing climate.

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