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Exploring the Potential of Bioeconomies in Watersheds - Case Study of the Lake Winnipeg Watershed

Arulingam, Indika LU (2015) In IIIEE Master thesis IMEN56 20151
The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
Abstract
The bioeconomy at the watershed scale project is a project initiated by the International
Institute of Sustainable Development situated in Manitoba Canada. This project aims to create
a bioeconomy using the Common Cattail as the feedstock, while also creating ecosystem
services in the watershed through the maintenance of cattail cover. These services include
decreasing nutrient loading into Lake Winnipeg, and reducing the incidence of flooding,
among others. The dominance of the alternative sources of energy in Manitoba —
hydropower and natural gas prove to be the biggest socioeconomic barrier to overcome for
the expansion of the bioeconomy aspect of the project, of which bioenergy generation is
presently the strongest component.... (More)
The bioeconomy at the watershed scale project is a project initiated by the International
Institute of Sustainable Development situated in Manitoba Canada. This project aims to create
a bioeconomy using the Common Cattail as the feedstock, while also creating ecosystem
services in the watershed through the maintenance of cattail cover. These services include
decreasing nutrient loading into Lake Winnipeg, and reducing the incidence of flooding,
among others. The dominance of the alternative sources of energy in Manitoba —
hydropower and natural gas prove to be the biggest socioeconomic barrier to overcome for
the expansion of the bioeconomy aspect of the project, of which bioenergy generation is
presently the strongest component. The biggest socioeconomic drivers of the project were the
ecosystem services of flood and drought mitigation and reduction of nutrient loading into
water bodies that the project has the potential to contribute to. This has a strong potential to
attract private and public funding for the project, as both are serious concerns for the
Province. While the project has the ability to create different kinds of private and public
benefits it is the integrated nature of the benefits that the stakeholders involved consider is of
most importance. When a similar context from Minnesota in the USA was examined however,
a different set of benefits were given importance. This validates the importance of adapting
the project to generate the benefits that are important to that particular context, if this concept
is to be transferred to other watersheds. (Less)
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author
Arulingam, Indika LU
supervisor
organization
course
IMEN56 20151
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
cattail, bioeconomy, Lake Winnipeg Watershed
publication/series
IIIEE Master thesis
report number
2015:14
ISSN
1401-9191
language
English
id
8084012
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2015-10-23 11:25:12
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  abstract     = {The bioeconomy at the watershed scale project is a project initiated by the International
Institute of Sustainable Development situated in Manitoba Canada. This project aims to create
a bioeconomy using the Common Cattail as the feedstock, while also creating ecosystem
services in the watershed through the maintenance of cattail cover. These services include
decreasing nutrient loading into Lake Winnipeg, and reducing the incidence of flooding,
among others. The dominance of the alternative sources of energy in Manitoba —
hydropower and natural gas prove to be the biggest socioeconomic barrier to overcome for
the expansion of the bioeconomy aspect of the project, of which bioenergy generation is
presently the strongest component. The biggest socioeconomic drivers of the project were the
ecosystem services of flood and drought mitigation and reduction of nutrient loading into
water bodies that the project has the potential to contribute to. This has a strong potential to
attract private and public funding for the project, as both are serious concerns for the
Province. While the project has the ability to create different kinds of private and public
benefits it is the integrated nature of the benefits that the stakeholders involved consider is of
most importance. When a similar context from Minnesota in the USA was examined however,
a different set of benefits were given importance. This validates the importance of adapting
the project to generate the benefits that are important to that particular context, if this concept
is to be transferred to other watersheds.},
  author       = {Arulingam, Indika},
  issn         = {1401-9191},
  keyword      = {cattail,bioeconomy,Lake Winnipeg Watershed},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {IIIEE Master thesis},
  title        = {Exploring the Potential of Bioeconomies in Watersheds - Case Study of the Lake Winnipeg Watershed},
  year         = {2015},
}