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.
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
What Are Algal Blooms and Why Do They Matter?
Algal blooms on lakes are unsightly and can be toxic. Want to know what they are and how we can help combat them? Learn more.Read More
IISD Experimental Lakes Area 2016-2017 Annual Report
In this year's annual report, we explore how IISD Experimental Lakes Area is innovating in the arena of freshwater science, to improve its own research, but also limnology across the world.Read More
Manitoba Prairie Lakes: Mass balance budget for nutrient management at Pelican Lake, Manitoba
This study documents the variance and relative importance of different nutrient sources and internal lake processes for a Prairie lake (Pelican Lake, Manitoba).Read More
How Scientific Knowledge Can and Should Guide Policy-Making
Now that it is welcoming its first federal chief science advisor, Pauline Gerrard explains how Canada can best support and nurture its scientific community.Read More
Mercury: What it does to humans and what humans need to do about it
As the very first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury takes place, we explain why mercury poses such a risk to humans and what IISD Experimental Lakes Area has discovered, and lay out what needs to happen next.Read More
Behavioral responses to annual temperature variation alter the dominant energy pathway, growth, and condition of a cold-water predator
Canadian scientists at IISD Experimental Lakes Area have discovered that certain lake predators are altering their behaviour due to climate change, revealing what the future may hold for these fish and their food.Read More
IISD Experimental Lakes Area's Lake 626 Climate Change Diversion Project
IISD-ELA's Lake 626 Diversion project has been exploring the effects of climate change on water since 2008. How does it work? And what have we discovered so far?Read More