Water Science and Policy
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
High-tech data needed to stop sewage overflows
Financial sector technology could help as cities struggle with waste.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More