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Ottawa, Aug 3 (Canadian-Media): Robert D. Nault, Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Kenora, Ontario, announced today in Kenora, on behalf of the Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, to fund $4 million over four years to International Institute for Sustainable Development - Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA), media reports said.
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The funding is part of the Government of Canada’s Budget 2016 commitment of $197.1 million for ocean and freshwater science and would support IISD-ELA, now in its fiftieth year of research, in data collection, analysis, its dissemination to public, academia, researchers and the government in policy decisions.
Nault, was joined in the announcement by David Lametti, M.P. for LaSalle—Émard—Verdun, Quebec.
IISD-ELA, the world’s freshwater laboratory, located in northwestern Ontario, is a unique research facility consisting of 58 small lakes and their watersheds set aside for scientific research to better understand the human impacts on the environment and on freshwater ecosystems.
“We are lucky to have this world-renowned facility in our own backyard, here in the Kenora riding," said Naut.
The funding specifically supports the Long-Term Ecological Research program to identify long-term trends and ecological changes of fisheries' health and productivity in Canadian boreal lakes.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)