International Institute for Sustainable development
IISD-ELA Experimental Lakes Area

IISD Experimental Lakes Area is one of the world's most influential freshwater research facilities.

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Bioremediation: Harnessing nature to manage and restore our environment

Bioremediation: Harnessing nature to manage and restore our environment

We break it down...

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Bioremediation: Harnessing nature to manage and restore our environment

Slick science

Slick science

The Globe and Mail explores our unique approach to researching oil spills (subscription required)

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Slick science

How Remote Lakes Could Help Unravel the Mysteries of Microplastic

How Remote Lakes Could Help Unravel the Mysteries of Microplastic

WIRED takes a deep dive (pun intended) into our research

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How Remote Lakes Could Help Unravel the Mysteries of Microplastic

Celebrate the fiftieth year of the world's freshwater laboratory with some beautiful anniversary merchandise!

Research at IISD Experimental Lakes Area improves our understanding of human impacts on the environment, influences policy and environmental best practices, and supports public awareness. IISD-ELA's unique value to the scientific community is the ability to conduct research at the whole ecosystem level.

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Amateur Cyclists Ride from Winnipeg to IISD-ELA...

Amateur Cyclists Ride from Winnipeg to IISD-ELA...

all in the name of freshwater science

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Amateur Cyclists Ride from Winnipeg to IISD-ELA...

Calcium in Fresh Water

Calcium in Fresh Water

Why it matters, and what happens when there is not enough

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Calcium in Fresh Water

Researchers to measure microplastics in pristine northwestern Ontario lakes

Researchers to measure microplastics in pristine northwestern Ontario lakes

CBC explores some of our most exciting upcoming research into microplastics

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Researchers to measure microplastics in pristine northwestern Ontario lakes

  • "IISD-ELA is the supercollider of ecology."

    Dr. David W. Schindler, OC, AOE, DPhil, FRSC, FRS, Killam Memorial Chair and Professor of Ecology (emeritus), University of Alberta

  • "IISD-ELA is the place for high-impact science."

    Dr. Karen Kidd, Canada Research Chair, Canadian Rivers Institute and University of New Brunswick

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Exceptional Natural Laboratory

Exceptional Natural Laboratory

IISD-ELA's unique research influences and generates cost-effective environmental policies, regulations and management.

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Long-term data

Long-term data

IISD-ELA has amassed one of the largest and most comprehensive data sets globally on pristine and manipulated freshwater lakes

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Science & Data

Research, results & commentary

Research, results & commentary

Groundbreaking results and expert commentary on current key issues affecting freshwater in our world today

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News & Media

Educating, inspiring and training

Educating, inspiring and training

IISD-ELA engages young and old in the importance of freshwater science for sustainable development

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Education & Outreach

Arrange a visit

Arrange a visit

Necessary permits and arrangements can be made to engage in eductional science and research at the facilities

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Visitors

DOUBLE YOUR DONATION TO IISD-ELA

DOUBLE YOUR DONATION TO IISD-ELA

Every dollar you donate to our Endowment Fund will be matched up to $1,000,000

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Endowment Fund