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Watersheds 2016 Forum—Building Capacity for Collaboration and Watershed Governance in B.C. 

 

Watersheds 2016: Building Capacity for Collaboration and Watershed Governance in British Columbia is a 1.5 day forum that builds directly on the learnings and successes of Watersheds 2014. Through panel sessions, field trips, breakout workshops and structured peer-to-peer learning, participants will build skills and enhance capacity for watershed governance in British Columbia.

WHEN: September 30th – October 1st
WHERE: Simon Fraser University's Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Vancouver, B.C.
REGISTRATION: Please visit our registration webpageSpace is limited. Register by July 31st for early-bird rates!

Watersheds 2016 will bridge with and complement the Living Waters Rally 2016a national event to be hosted by the Canadian Freshwater Alliance from September 27 – 30, 2016. 

Watersheds 2016 is co-organized by four core partners: The POLIS Project on Ecological GovernanceThe Canadian Freshwater AllianceThe Fraser Basin Council, and The First Nations Fisheries Council.

This event is made possible by generous financial contributions from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia, the BC Ministry of EnvironmentSimon Fraser University's Pacific Water Research Centre, and the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies. Other partners for this event include WWF-Canada, the Forum for Leadership on Water, and EvergreenWater Canada Magazine is the official event media partner.

For updates, follow us on Facebook: POLIS Water Sustainability Project

and Twitter: @POLISWater  #watersheds2016

Webinar—Evolving Water Planning Processes in BC

 

On September 15th, the WSP is hosting the first webinar in its 2016/2017 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. Register now!

WHAT: Evolving Water Planning Processes in B.C. 
DATE: Thursday, September 15th, 2016
TIME: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. PT ( 3 p.m. to  4:30 p.m. ET)

Watershed planning processes are essential to watershed governance, as they bring together key rights holders and interests to articulate a common vision, including priorities, problems, and management actions. Many local leaders across B.C. are pursuing watershed planning processes, and anticipate that B.C.’s Water Sustainability Act—which enables “water sustainability plans (WSPs)”—could give existing or future plans legal ‘teeth’, increasing their legitimacy and impact. Although WSPs are new legal tools under the Act, many regions have significant experience in various forms of water and watershed planning.

In this webinar, Lee Failing (Principal, Compass Resource Management) will share insights on the important elements of a sound planning process—based on her experience in leading a range of water use planning processes in B.C. and elsewhere in North America over the last 20 years. Kate Cave (Project Manager and Research Associate, Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) will discuss her experience in Indigenous-led watershed planning and share highlights from the CIER Guidebook series.

This webinar is the first instalment in the POLIS Water Sustainability Project’s 2016/2017 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. It is intended as a lead-in to the upcoming Watersheds 2016 forum, which seeks to build capacity in B.C.'s water community for effective watershed governance.

**SPACE IS LIMITED** Register now!

**If you are in Victoria, B.C., we will be hosting a live viewing of the September 15th webinar at the Centre for Global Studies on the University of Victoria campus. Contact Rosie Simms at water@polisproject.org to RSVP to the live viewing.**

Evolving Watershed Governance in BC

On June 21st, the WSP is hosting the fifth (and final) webinar in its 2015/2016 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. Register now!

WHAT: Evolving Watershed Governance in BC: New Research & Initiatives 

DATE: Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
TIME: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. PT (3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET)

Recent research illuminates opportunities for watershed governance in British Columbia, and several community-based groups are shaping the concept into real-world practice.

In this webinar, three speakers will highlight recent research and on-the-ground examples of watershed governance in action. Natasha Overduin (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance) will share results from the upcoming POLIS research report, “Illumination: Insights and Perspectives for Building Effective Watershed Governance in British Columbia.” Based on findings from a comprehensive e-survey with nearly 450 participants, in-depth interviews, and a First Nations’ Roundtable, Illumination highlights the remaining knowledge and capacity gaps that constrain further progress towards a robust, leading watershed governance regime.Theresa Fresco (Upper Fraser Basin Region, Fraser Basin Council), will discuss work in the Nechako region to coordinate water stewardship activities and improve understanding of watershed issues. Heather Leschied (Living Lakes Canada & Kootenay Lake Partnership) will explain how the Kootenay Lake Partnership has helped improve decision-making around the foreshore of Kootenay Lake.

This webinar is the fifth (and final) instalment in the 2015/2016 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. It will build on the 2014/2015 season and the January 2014 report "A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia," which focused on nine “winning conditions” needed to move towards a more sophisticated approach to watershed governance.

**SPACE IS LIMITED** Register now!

**If you are in Victoria, B.C., we will be hosting a live viewing of the June 21st webinar at the Centre for Global Studies on the University of Victoria campus. Contact Rosie Simms at water@polisproject.org to RSVP to the live viewing.**

The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy & Biodiversity

 

On April 26th, the WSP is hosting the fourth webinar in its 2015/2016 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. Register now!

WHAT: The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy & Biodiversity 
DATE: Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

TIME: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. PT ( 3 p.m. to  4:30 p.m. ET)

Secure supplies of water, food and energy are essential to human dignity and well-being around the globe. In turn, the vitality of these three depends on a thriving biodiversity supported by healthy ecosystems. The complex interdependence among these four factors is known as the Nexus.

In this webinar, speakers Dr. Jon O’Riordan (Senior Policy and Research Advisor, SFU Adaptation to Climate Change Team) and Robert Sandford (Author; EPCOR Chair for Water and Climate Security) will share insights from their recent publication “The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy and Biodiversity in a Changing World.” In their presentation, the speakers will highlight how changing hydro-climate systems are creating a crisis for the Nexus elements, and will discuss the range of transformative policies required to manage this crisis. 

This webinar is the fourth instalment in the 2015/2016 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. It will build on the 2014/2015 season and the January 2014 report "A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia," which focused on nine “winning conditions” needed to move towards a more sophisticated approach to watershed governance.

**SPACE IS LIMITED** Register now!

**If you are in Victoria, B.C., we will be hosting a live viewing of the April 26th webinar at the Centre for Global Studies on the University of Victoria campus. Contact Rosie Simms at water@polisproject.org to RSVP to the live viewing.**

Workshop—Wading Under the Water Table: Exploring Ethics and Values in Collaborative Watershed Governance

 

To celebrate World Water Day 2016, the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance and the Centre for Global Studies hosted a presentation on emerging water ethics research. This interactive presentation summarized exploratory work on water ethics undertaken as part of a Social Justice Studies Program practicum with the POLIS Project.

WHAT: "Wading Under the Water Table: Exploring Ethics and Values in Collaborative Watershed Governance"

DATE: Tuesday March 22

TIME: 1:30-3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Sedgewick Room C168 (the large boardroom at CFGS)

SPEAKERS: Katie Lauriston & Kelly Bannister

 

In this interactive presentation, participants were encouraged to give feedback on a bibliographic resource created from an initial literature scan of diverse fields of study and practice related to water ethics and cross-cultural values. Initial impressions were presented of cross-cultural values that inform – or ought to inform – watershed management and stewardship discussions in pursuing our aspirations of collaborative watershed governance. The goal of this presentation was to share initial findings and invite feedback that could guide the POLIS Project’s further work on water ethics.

 

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:

Katie Lauriston is a Social Justice Studies practicum student with the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance. Kelly Bannister is the Co-Director of the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance. Her focus is on ethical and legal issues in research involving biodiversity and Indigenous cultural knowledge and she has extensive experience in ethics policy analysis and development. 

Webinar—Awash with Opportunity: Ensuring the Sustainability of BC’s New Water Law

 

On January 28th, the WSP is hosting the third webinar in its 2015/2016 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. Register now!

WHAT: Awash with Opportunity: Sustainability in BC’s New Water Law
DATE: Thursday, January 28th, 2016
TIME: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. PT ( 3 p.m. to  4:30 p.m. ET)

In May 2014, the Province of British Columbia enacted the Water Sustainability Act, which provides an unprecedented opportunity to fully modernize the province’s water laws. In this webinar, speakers Oliver M. Brandes (Co-Director, POLIS Project on Ecological Governance and Lead, POLIS Water Sustainability Project) and Rosie Simms (Water Law & Policy Researcher, POLIS Water Sustainability Project) will share insights from the recent POLIS research report "Awash with Opportunity: Ensuring the Sustainability of BC’s New Water Law." The research provides an analysis of the Water Sustainability Act and the core regulations required to bring the Act’s sustainable aspects into full effect. The speakers will highlight recommendations for effective regulation development in five core areas, based on best practices from around the world:

1) Groundwater licensing;

2) Environmental flows;

3) Monitoring and reporting;

4) Water objectives; and

5) Planning and governance.

The speakers will also offer specific insights on the need for a fundamental shift to a partnership-based approach to water governance and management in British Columbia, with shared roles and responsibilities to protect the province’s freshwater resources—now and into the future.

This webinar is the third instalment in the 2015/2016 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. It will build on the 2014/2015 season and the January 2014 report "A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia," which focused on nine “winning conditions” needed to move towards a more sophisticated approach to watershed governance. This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the federal Department of the Environment.

**SPACE IS LIMITED** Register now!

**If you are in Victoria, B.C., we will be hosting a live viewing of the January 28th webinar at the Centre for Global Studies on the University of Victoria campus. Contact Rosie Simms at water@polisproject.org to RSVP to the live viewing.**

Webinar—Environmental Flows: Towards Protection in Canada and B.C.

 

On October 14th, the WSP is hosting the second webinar in its 2015/2016 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. Register now!

WHAT: Environmental Flows and Healthy Watersheds: Towards Protection in Canada and BC
DATE: Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
TIME: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PT (12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET)

Environmental flows provide the foundation for healthy and functioning aquatic ecosystems, fisheries, and the human livelihoods that depend on those ecosystems.Protecting environmental flows is a complex process that involves preserving several dimensions of natural flow regimes, including the quantity, timing, and quality of water flows.
 
In this webinar, speakers Brian Richter (Chief Scientist, Global Water Program, The Nature Conservancy) andDeborah Curran (Hakai Professor in Environmental Law and Sustainability & Program Director, Environmental Law Centre, University of Victoria) will share insights on the critical importance of environmental flows protection and how to achieve it in Canada. The discussion will highlight international leading examples and practices to protect environmental flows and will focus on the potential of BC as a new regime for environmental flows protection is contemplated as part of the soon to be in force Water Sustainability Act. The speakers will also provide insight on how environmental flows are dealt with in law, and on the reforms needed to implement a comprehensive protection regime.
 
This webinar is the second instalment in the 2015/2016 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series, and is being offered in partnership with WWF-Canada. It will build on the 2014/2015 season and the January 2014 report “A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia,” which focused on nine “winning conditions” needed to move towards a more sophisticated approach to watershed governance. This webinar was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the federal Department of the Environment.

**SPACE IS LIMITED** Register now!

**If you are in Victoria, B.C., we will be hosting a live viewing of theOctober 14th webinar at the Centre for Global Studies on the University of Victoria campus. Contact Rosie Simms at water@polisproject.org to RSVP to the live viewing.*

Webinar—Evolution in Transboundary Watershed Governance: Lessons from the Mackenzie Basin

 

On September 16th, the WSP is hosting the first webinar in its 2015/2016 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. Register now!

WHAT: Evolution in Transboundary Watershed Governance: Lessons from the Mackenzie Basin
DATE: Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
TIME: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PT (12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET)

On March 18, 2015, the Governments of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) and Alberta signed an historic transboundary water agreement. In this webinar, speakers Hon. J. Michael Miltenberger (Minister, Environment and Natural Resources, GNWT) and Merrell-Ann Phare (Chief Negotiator, NWT-Alberta Bilateral Water Management Agreement) will share the story behind the development and negotiation of the transboundary water agreement “Mackenzie River Basin: NWT-Alberta Bilateral Water Management Agreement.”

Although grounded in the Mackenzie Basin context, this webinar will offer insight and value for communities across the country. The speakers will explain what makes the agreement innovative in Canada and the world, discuss how the agreement is connected to broader critical water and energy policy issues in Canada, and explain why they think similar transboundary agreements are critical to the successful governance of watersheds in Canada.

This webinar is the first instalment in the 2015/2016 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. It will build on the 2014/2015 season and the January 2014 report “A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia,”which focused on nine “winning conditions” needed to move towards a more sophisticated approach to watershed governance.

**SPACE IS LIMITED** Register now!

**If you are in Victoria, B.C., we will be hosting a live viewing of the September 16th webinar at the Centre for Global Studies on the University of Victoria campus. Contact Rosie Simms at water@polisproject.org to RSVP to the live viewing.**

Webinar—Make Some Noise: Media Engagement and Water Law Reform

 

On June 19th, the WSP is co-hosting the fifth (and final) webinar in its 2014/2015 Creating a Blue Dialoguewebinar series. Register now!

This webinar will be complemented by a skills-building session intended for non-profit and First Nations groups being hosted by the Canadian Freshwater Alliance on July 28th. Register for the complimentary webinar

WHAT: Make Some Noise: Media Engagement and Water Law Reform
DATE: Friday, June 19th, 2015
TIME: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PT (12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET)

In today’s world, media is the backbone of the public sphere. It’s an important “place” where citizens can come together, exchange opinions regarding public affairs, discuss, and deliberate. Eventually, these conversations can influence public opinion and government decision-making. However, navigating today’s chaotic media landscape can be challenging.

In this webinar, speakers Laura Brandes (Communications Director, POLIS Water Sustainability Project) and Dan Fumano (Reporter, The Province Newspaper) will discuss the importance of public participation in media engagement, particularly when it comes to influencing water policy and law reforms. They will also offer some tangible tools to increase your chances of being heard.

Given specific opportunities for new, improved environmental regulations under British Columbia’s Water Sustainability Act, this webinar will focus on examples from B.C.’s current water law reform process. However, the lessons offered will be of value to individuals in jurisdictions across the country.

**SPACE IS LIMITED** Register now!

This webinar will build on the September 2014 webinar “A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia,” which focused on nine “winning conditions” needed to move towards a more sophisticated approach to watershed governance in B.C. This upcoming webinar will explore the winning condition of peer-to-peer learning and capacity building. It will be complemented by a skills-building session intended for non-profit and First Nations groups being hosted by the Canadian Freshwater Alliance on July 28th. Register for the complimentary webinar

**If you are in Victoria, B.C., we will be hosting a live viewing of the June 19th webinar at the Centre for Global Studies on the University of Victoria campus. Contact Savannah Carr-Wilson for more details.**

Webinar—Sustainable Financing for Watershed Governance

 

On May 26th, the WSP is hosting the fourth webinar in its 2014/2015 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. Register now!

WHAT: Sustainable Financing for Watershed Governance
DATE: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
TIME: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PT (12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET)

British Columbia’s new Water Sustainability Act offers potential opportunities to enable alternative water and watershed governance arrangements. If new governance arrangements are enabled, sustainable long-term funding will be critical. What are the options to secure these necessary financial resources?

In this webinar, the speakers will present a wide range of financial mechanisms and models that could be used to support collaborative approaches to watershed governance. Although grounded in the B.C. context, this webinar will offer insight and value for communities across the country. Drawing on a number of real-world examples, Steve Litke (Senior Program Manager, Watersheds and Water Resources, Fraser Basin Council) will present key findings from recent research conducted by the Fraser Basin Council. Christine Bergeron (Director, Community Business, Vancity) will then provide insight from her experience working within the financial sector.

This webinar is the fourth instalment in the 2014/2015 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. It will build on the September 2014 webinar “A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia,” which focused on nine “winning conditions” needed to move towards a more sophisticated approach to watershed governance in B.C. This upcoming webinar will explore the winning condition of sustainable long-term funding.

**SPACE IS LIMITED** Register now!

**If you are in Victoria, B.C., we will be hosting a live viewing at the Centre for Global Studies on the University of Victoria campus. Contact Megan Spencer for more details.**