As part of the initiative, an overarching goal of the Living Lab – Ontario is to evaluate the benefits of incorporating best practices to improve soil health, water quality, biodiversity, and resilience to the impacts of climate change. These themes are also interconnected and reinforce each other. In a changing climate, efforts to improve soil and water quality and to protect biodiversity are beneficial to the resilience of agroecosystems.
The Living Lab – Ontario is a project funded by the Living Laboratories Initiative, launched by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. It is located in the Lake Erie basin, in the southwestern region of Ontario. The region experiences specific agri-environmental challenges, for example, Lake Erie is particularly sensitive to the effects of nutrients from agriculture and other human activities. In partnership with local producers, scientists, and other collaborators, Living Lab – Ontario is developing and testing farming practices and technologies that address soil and water quality, watershed management, and biodiversity.