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

and on whose financial contributions we depend."

In years past, research at ELA has been restricted to studies that fit DFO's mandate, relating specifically to freshwater fish and the aquatic environment. Under IISD's operation, ELA researchers will be able to set and participate in a wider range of research activities including, for example, terrestrial manipulations, or studies of clean water technology.

IISD looks forward to preparing a new science research program for the ELA later in 2014, with inputs from scientists as well as partnerships with local communities, and a commitment to an open and transparent program.

"The combination of applied research capability and a policy think tank creates exciting opportunities to traverse the science-policy divide," said Vaughan. "Together, IISD and ELA will be positioned to offer ground-truthed, policy-relevant advice on numerous emerging questions such as the impact of mercury from coal-fired electricity generating plants, the impact of micro-pollutants and the impact of climate change on hydrologic cycles," said Vaughan.

Under IISD, there is now an opportunity to expand the role of ELA to include training, workshops and field courses that will educate and benefit local communities, as well as the greater scientific community. IISD is already in discussion with several universities in Canada and the United States about developing stronger links with ELA.


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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


Source:Eurekalert  

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