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April 1, 2014

Manitoba Congratulates Governments of Ontario, Canada for Reaching Agreement on Experimental Lakes Area

Agreement Builds on Manitoba Support: Minister Mackintosh

Manitoba is pleased the governments of Ontario and Canada have reached an agreement to transfer the Experimental Lakes Area to the International Institute for Sustainable Development, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.

“This is an important milestone for science and for the protection of our lakes through freshwater research,” Minister Mackintosh said.  “Manitoba is committed to research and actions that protect our lakes, especially Lake Winnipeg, and this agreement helps that research continue.”

In September 2013, Manitoba announced it would provide the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) $6 million through a six-year agreement, as IISD took over operation of the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA).  The agreement included $900,000 to be dedicated to funding freshwater research and technology at the ELA. 

The agreement between Ontario and Canada helps ensure the world-renowned work of the Winnipeg‑based IISD will continue through independent work and research conducted in partnership with colleges and universities, the minister said, adding this research will continue to help Manitoba understand how to make strategic investments that support the health of Lake Winnipeg and other Manitoba bodies of water.  TomorrowNow - Manitoba’s Green Plan supports the continuation of important freshwater research including the work done at the Experimental Lakes Area.

The IISD is based in Winnipeg and has offices in Ottawa, New York City, Geneva and Bejing.  It uses scientific research to create and communicate innovative policy recommendations for decision‑makers in government, business and civil society.  It has been internationally recognized for developing a sustainable management strategy for the Lake Winnipeg Basin. 

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