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The Water Innovation Centre is a multiyear strategic initiative housed at IISD's head office in Winnipeg, Canada. The centre serves as the hub for the development of scientifically defensible watershed management processes and best practices.

The goal is to have sustainable water management and government policy that yields long-term benefits to Manitobans. IISD aims to foster a sustainable development vision for the Lake Winnipeg watershed as well as demonstrate and communicate the tools and practices that will realize this vision. In this work, IISD analyzed land use, hydrology, economies, policies, legislation and best practices to summarize and identify priorities and approaches for optimizing regional management in this watershed.

An example of an innovative approach developed and implemented is the watershed bioeconomy approach currently being replicated, tested and scaled up in parts of the Lake Winnipeg basin.

In the current phase of the Water Innovation Centre's work, IISD is expanding its efforts on Lake Winnipeg basin management to approach strategic management of the Nelson-Churchill river basin system of which the Lake Winnipeg basin is a part. Once again, the approach is to synthesize biophysical, socioeconomic, policy and other relevant information to clarify and recommend innovative approaches for watershed management that are sustainable.

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    Cattails Harvesting for Carbon Offsets and Nutrient Capture: A

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    The Cattail Biomass Harvesting project is pursuing and evaluating the commercial-scale harvesting of cattail (Typha spp.) for its multiple co-benefits Read More
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    Our Lake, Our Solutions: Two years of progress and partnerships

    Our Lake, Our Solutions: Two years of progress and partnerships

    This video details progress IISD has made with its partners on the bioeconomy concept since the Lake Winnipeg Basin Summit in 2010, when IISD brought Read More
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    Water-Energy-Food Security: New Challenges and New Solutions for Water Management

    Water-Energy-Food Security: New Challenges and New Solutions for Water Management

    The International Institute for Sustainable Development's Water Innovation Centre and Global Water System Project invite you to a groundbreaking Read More
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    The Role of Water in the Green Economy

    The Role of Water in the Green Economy

    In May, 2012, IISD's Water Innovation Centre collaborated with the Global Water System Project to host a conference on the water, energy and food Read More
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    EcoHealth: Health, Well-Being and Watersheds

    EcoHealth: Health, Well-Being and Watersheds

    This brochure summarizes the watershed-based approach to ecohealth taken by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, in partnership Read More
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    Ecohealth and Watersheds: Watersheds as Settings for Health and Well-Being in Canada

    Ecohealth and Watersheds: Watersheds as Settings for Health and Well-Being in Canada

    Human health and well-being are largely determined by "upstream" environmental and social factors.These factors can be usefully viewed within the Read More
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    Lake Winnipeg Basin Summit Follow-up Meeting: Our Lake, Our Solutions

    Lake Winnipeg Basin Summit Follow-up Meeting: Our Lake, Our Solutions

    On November 30 and December 1, 2010, approximately 150 scientists, policy-makers, business leaders, civil society members and other stakeholders Read More
  • Brochure
    Water-Energy-Food Security: New Challenges and New Solutions for Water Management

    Water-Energy-Food Security: New Challenges and New Solutions for Water Management

    The International Institute for Sustainable Development's Water Innovation Centre and Global Water System Project invite you to a groundbreaking Read More
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    Ecological Goods and Services: A Review of Best Practice in Policy and Programing

    Ecological Goods and Services: A Review of Best Practice in Policy and Programing

    This research paper provides a review of programing and research in ecological goods and services (EGS) internationally and in Canada.The review Read More
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    Netley-Libau Nutrient-Bioenergy Project

    Netley-Libau Nutrient-Bioenergy Project

    This brochure provides an overview of the award-winning and internationally recognized Netley-Libau Marsh Nutrient-Bioenergy Project and describes Read More