Community-Based Research Canada Member

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The International Institute for Sustainable Development Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) is the world’s freshwater laboratory. A series of 58 lakes and their watersheds in northwestern Ontario, Canada, IISD-ELA is the only place in the world where scientists can research on real lakes to build a more accurate and complete picture of what human activity is doing to freshwater lakes. The findings from over 50 years of ground-breaking research have rewritten environmental policy around the world—from mitigating algal blooms to reducing how much mercury gets into our waterways—and aim to keep fresh water clean around the world for generations to come. Uniquely stationed in the traditional territory of Treaty #3, IISD-ELA has been working toward building meaningful relationships with individuals and communities in the area through project collaborations and outreach activities.