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Global research possibilities expand as IISD assumes operation of Canada's famed 'Experimental Lakes'
Date:4/1/2014

has been in negotiations with the governments of Canada and Ontario with a view to keeping the ELA open under IISD management. Under agreements reached among the three parties, the ELA transfers from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to Ontario, effective immediately, with IISD taking over operations of the facility shortly.

"Ontario has heard concerns from the scientific and academic community regarding the closure of the Experimental Lakes Area. Our government has stepped up to provide the financial support necessary to keep this world-class facility operational, while ensuring the environment is protected," said David Orazietti, Ontario Minister of Natural Resources.

"I am pleased to announce that the federal government has secured a new operator for the Experimental Lakes Area," said the Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario. "The federal government has been leading negotiations to transfer the Experimental Lakes Area for the past year and we are pleased IISD will continue the work of the ELA."

Through these negotiations, complex questions of legal liability for past and potential future experiments have been addressed and resolved. A governance structure has been designed that will oversee the research conducted at the facility. Pledges of financial support by the federal, Ontario and Manitoba governments, among others, will enable the IISD, a not-for-profit non-governmental organization, to operate the facility.

"These are some of the very practical considerations that enabled the IISD Board of Directors to give this project a green light," said Vaughan. "At the same time, they have taken a certain leap of faith, because the future success of the ELA is not just in our hands but in the hands of the many people, organizations, companies and governments who share our vision of the importance and possibilities of this facility
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Contact: Sumeep Bath
sbath@iisd.org
204-958 7740
International Institute for Sustainable Development

Terry Collins
tc@tca.tc
416-538-8712


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