Richard Grosshans, Karla Zubrycki, Amanda Hope, Dimple Roy, Henry David Venema, IISD, 2011. Outreach, copyright: IISD

This brochure provides an overview of the Netley–Libau Marsh Nutrient-Bioenergy Project and describes research carried out by IISD and its partners the University of Manitoba and Ducks Unlimited Canada at Netley–Libau Marsh. Research in this large coastal wetland, located where the Red River flows into Lake Winnipeg, has focused on nutrient cycling and cattail biomass harvesting for its multiple co-benefits. Benefits of harvesting include permanent removal of the nutrients from the aquatic ecosystem captured in the harvested plants, biomass for bioenergy production, carbon credits, phosphorus recovery for fertilizer use and habitat improvement. The complete biomass production process is briefly described, including cattail harvesting, drying, baling, compression or densification of biomass into fuel products, combustion for bioenergy production, and collection of the ash to recover stored phosphorus. This brochure describes an innovative approach towards wetland restoration, nutrient capture and reduction of CO2 emissions in an emerging Manitoba bioeconomy. 

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About the International Institute for Sustainable Development 

The world is challenged by a changing climate, biodiversity loss, abject poverty and environmental degradation. What can make a difference? Good ideas. Creativity. Passion. Innovation. The achievement of change. 

IISD is in the business of promoting change towards sustainable development. As a policy research institute dedicated to effective communication of our findings, we engage decision-makers in government, business, NGOs and other sectors in the development and implementation of policies that are simultaneously beneficial to the global economy, the global environment and to social well-being. 

In the pursuit of sustainable development, we promote open and effective international negotiation processes. And we believe fervently in the importance of building our own institutional capacity while helping our partner organizations in the developing world to excel. 

Established in 1990, IISD is a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization with a diverse team of more than 150 people located in more than 30 countries. Through our dynamic portfolio of projects, we partner with more than 200 organizations throughout the world. To learn more about our history, please visit the IISD Timeline. 

Click here to learn more about our project work and programs, which are guided by our strategic institutional directions. And please visit our IISD Linkages site to follow our coverage of international negotiations on environment and development. 

IISD is registered as a charitable organization in Canada and has 501(c)(3) status in the United States. IISD receives core operating support from the Government of Canada, provided through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Environment Canada, and from the Province of Manitoba. The Institute receives project funding from numerous governments inside and outside Canada, United Nations agencies, foundations and the private sector.