Kenora MP Bob Nault has announced a four-year, $4 million investment into the IISD - Experimental Lakes Area, on behalf of Johnathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Ocean and the Canadian Coast Guard.
“The IISD-Experimental Lakes Area is a great source of pride for Northerners, and we are extremely lucky to have this world-renowned facility in our own backyard, here in the Kenora riding.” stated Nault, who was joined at the research facility by David Lametti, an MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development for the announcement.
The International Institute for Sustainable Development - Experimental Lakes Area, located in the Kenora riding, is a unique research facility where scientists can undertake real-world experiments on small lakes to improve our understanding of human impacts on the environment.
“It was an honour for me back in 2016 to announce the restoration of the facility’s funding, and I am incredibly proud to see the federal government will continue to support the ELA for years to come.”
The federal funding will support the Long-Term Ecological Research program, which monitors a range of indicators that help to identify long-term trends and ecological changes of fisheries health and productivity in Canadian boreal lakes.
The open data-set produced by this research will be available to the public, researchers and the government to better understand how human and environmental stressors affect freshwater ecosystems, and to promote science-based management of Canada’s freshwater resources and ecosystems.
“Today’s announcement shows our government’s commitment to the research done at the facility and puts an emphasis on turning this research into science-based policies which will help protect our freshwater resources,” concluded Nault.
Yesterday’s announcement is part of the federal government’s commitment of $197.1 million of ocean and freshwater science, part of the 2016 Budget.
“This is the fiftieth year of IISD Experimental Lakes Area—Canada’s incredible gift to the world’s freshwater research,” said Matthew McCandless, Executive Director of the IISD Experimental Lakes Area.
“Now that we have an unparalleled half-a-century of data on a wide range of indicators of freshwater health, we are dedicated to sharing that data openly, to ensure it makes the greatest possible impact.”
The Experimental Lakes Area monitors 58 small lakes and their watersheds.
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