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Good science is essential for good policy. 

The partnership between IISD’s Water Program and IISD-ELA brings together more than 40 years of rigorous aquatic science with 25 years of global policy analysis and practical guidance. Our combined expertise in hydrology, modelling, biology, limnology, ecosystem services and policy is directed at helping governments and industry to manage water and related resources in such diverse contexts as agriculture, hydro-electric operations and mining, to minimize effects on people and ecosystems.

With the best available science and collaborative analyses, our water solutions are evidence based, long term and meet the needs of a range of stakeholders. 

  • Blog
    Water Transfers: What they are and why they need to be better managed

    Water Transfers: What they are and why they need to be better managed

    One of the most ambitious responses to the unequal distribution of water around the globe is the large-scale physical transfers of water from one source or basin to another—otherwise known as water transfers. We explore why they happen and how we can manage them better.

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  • Report
    Harnessing the Flow of Data: Fintech opportunities for ecosystem management

    Harnessing the Flow of Data: Fintech opportunities for ecosystem management

    This report explores how new technologies—like big data, the Internet of things, blockchain and artificial intelligence—can support smarter ecosystem management.

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  • Blog
    High-tech data needed to stop sewage overflows

    High-tech data needed to stop sewage overflows

    Financial sector technology could help as cities struggle with waste.

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  • Report
    Floating Treatment Wetlands: Keeping our fresh water clean and healthy

    Floating Treatment Wetlands: Keeping our fresh water clean and healthy

    This short, engaging storybook takes you through what Floating Treatment Wetlands are, and how they could really help us keep bodies of fresh water clean and healthy.

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  • Book
    Big Data for Resilience Storybook

    Big Data for Resilience Storybook

    The Big Data for Resilience Storybook explores the links between Big Data and resilience building through the experiences of seven international organizations. 

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  • Blog
    Ensuring Access to Water and Sanitation for All: What SDG 6 wants to achieve and why it matters

    Ensuring Access to Water and Sanitation for All: What SDG 6 wants to achieve and why it matters

    This World Water Day, we take a look at Sustainable Development Goal 6 ("ensure access to water and sanitation for all") and explain what it is meant to acheive, and why it matters.

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  • Blog
    Making Biomass Big Business in Manitoba

    Making Biomass Big Business in Manitoba

    Biomass has the potential to be a major player in the renewable energy sector in Manitoba. Now we need to create a sustainable industry for it. Here's how we can make that happen.

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  • Blog
    Canada's Unsung Female Heroes of Life Sciences

    Canada's Unsung Female Heroes of Life Sciences

    International Day of Women and Girls in Science is February 11, 2018. To mark the occasion, let’s look back at some of Canada’s women life scientists. 

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  • Blog
    Cape Town’s Water Woes: An uncomfortable parable on climate change

    Cape Town’s Water Woes: An uncomfortable parable on climate change

    Can the current water crisis that Cape Town is experiencing be seen as a parable for climate change? Aaron Cosbey thinks so and explains all.

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  • Policy Brief
    How to Best Manage Water Retention Sites to Protect Manitoba's Environment

    How to Best Manage Water Retention Sites to Protect Manitoba's Environment

    Water retention sites—vital for protecting Manitoba from floods—must be well managed so Manitobans can enjoy the abundance of additional environmental benefits they can bring.

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