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International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)


The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) was founded in 1988 with the idea of dedicating itself to advancing sustainable development at the United Nations. Presently, IISD is a non-partisan, charitable organization which houses a diverse team with a dynamic portfolio of programs and projects. The organization specializes in policy research, analysis, and information exchange.

IISD prepared the paper An Ecosystem Services Assessment in the Lake Winnipeg Watershed: Phase 1 Report – Southern ManitobaAnalysis to educate about Lake Winnipeg’s eutrophication. This condition is caused by excessive amounts of phosphorous and nitrogen loads which result in an overpowering algae growth. The reports main focus is the evaluation of the ecosystem services provided by the current and pre-settlement distribution of southern Manitoba’s environmental assets.

Lake Winnipeg swallows water from a large watershed that drains 90 per cent of the prairie agricultural region. As a result, Lake Winnipeg’s water quality is being degraded. As a preventative measure against further degradation of Lake Winnipeg, IISD is taking part in research that will help design innovative approaches. These approaches will effectively influence watershed processes and mitigate non-point nutrient loading in the Lake Winnipeg Basin.

On November 30th and December 1st, 2010 the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Water Innovation Centre (WIC) hosted the “Lake Winnipeg Basin Summit”. The focus of the summit was on developing solutions for Lake Winnipeg’s water quality and nutrient loading problem. IISD WIC has the summit agenda available for public viewing here.