June 19, 2006

Manitoba renews accord with IISD, increases support over next five years

WINNIPEG, MAN-Leading-edge climate change and wetlands research, environmental education and best practices planning will continue under a five-year, $5.9-million renewal agreement and work plan, signed by the Manitoba government and the Winnipeg-based International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The province will be increasing its contribution by 4.4% over the previous five-year agreement, providing $4.1 million toward continuing operating costs and $1.8 million for specific project funding reflecting government priorities. Over the next year, projects will focus on climate change, education for sustainable development, best practices in government planning and reporting systems, Netley-Libau wetlands research, world heritage site recognition for the area east of Lake Winnipeg and a number of others. "This province places a high priority on the issues of sustainable development and the environment and we are pleased to be able to continue our relationship with and support for the work of the IISD for another five years," said Premier Gary Doer. Established in 1990, the IISD focuses on international trade and investment, economic policy, climate change, measurement and assessment, and natural resources management; it makes recommendations to governments, business and non-government organizations. Its $12.1-million annual budget is provided by some 75 governments, foundations, corporations and United Nations agencies. The IISD works with about 200 organizations and governments around the world, drawing upon the skills and expertise of a team that includes approximately 55 staff, 20 associates, 60 Earth Negotiations Bulletin reporters, 30 interns and 20 board members.

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