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Update: The deadline to complete the survey has been extended to March 31, 2017.

A new Climate and Green Plan is under development and the government is gathering public input through an online survey on energy, land use and conservation measures. Completing this survey takes just a few minutes and is an easy way to impact policy development for Manitoba’s lakes.

Here at LWF, we have spent the past four years working with the provincial government to improve protection of Manitoba’s threatened wetlands though strong regulation and strict enforcement. Specifically, we have been calling for new...

Tuesday, Feb. 2 is World Wetlands Day. It marks the date of the 1971 adoption of the United Nations’ intergovernmental Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city of Ramsar. Every year on Feb. 2, people around the world raise awareness about the importance of wetlands and take action in their own communities to protect these special areas.

A wetland is any area that holds water – either temporarily or permanently. They may more commonly be known as sloughs, swamps, ponds or marshes.

We here at LWF love wetlands: for their biodiversity, for their ability to mitigate the effects of flooding and...

Netley-Libau Marsh

Netley-Libau Marsh is one of the largest coastal wetlands in Canada. In a healthy state, this marsh could help control algae blooms in Lake Winnipeg by filtering out phosphorus and other nutrients and contaminants from the water that flows in and out of it.

However, Netley-Libau Marsh is no longer functioning as a healthy wetland; open water has increased dramatically over the past 30 years, resulting in a corresponding loss of nutrient-filtering vegetation.

On September 29 and 30, 2014, LWF's Science Advisory Council held a workshop at the University of Winnipeg. This event brought together...

Alexander Bajkov, Lake Winnipeg Foundation

The Lake Winnipeg Foundation is thrilled to announce that Dr. Pascal Badiou has been chosen to receive the 2014 Alexander Bajkov Award.

Named in memory of pioneering fisheries biologist Alexander Bajkov (1894 – 1955), this award was created by LWF in 2008. It is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies Dr. Bajkov’s dedication to the understanding of Lake Winnipeg, and who demonstrates outstanding efforts to protect and restore the health of the lake and its watershed. Past recipients have included scientists, politicians, educators and journalists.

A graduate of the University of...

Wetlands

On Feb. 2, 1971, an intergovernmental treaty called the Ramsar Convention was adopted. Named for the Iranian city in which its adoption occurred, the convention came into force in 1975 to provide a framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. (You can learn more about the Ramsar Convention here.)

Today, almost 90 per cent of UN member states – including Canada – are considered “contracting parties.” Contracting parties implement the Ramsar Convention and collaborate on shared projects. More than 2,000 wetlands across the globe (37 in Canada) are currently...

Cattails

A new publication is celebrating the multitude of benefits offered by Manitoba’s wetlands!

Nature’s Wealth is a joint release from LWF, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

The four-page feature delves into the ecological and economic value of wetland areas – everything from water purification, flood protection, wildlife habitat, biofuels, recreational opportunities and even food!

It also highlights some of the conservation, policy and research initiatives currently underway across the province; readers get to meet research...

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LWF publishes a newsletter, The Watershed Observer, twice a year. Our most recent edition includes information on our emerging community-based monitoring network, details about groundbreaking microplastics research made possible through our grants program, and helpful tips on how you can speak up for water by reaching out to decision makers.