Navigating Our Water Future: Lessons from Australia and Europe
A Public Lecture & Discussion Hosted by the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria Hickman Building, Room 105 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
You are invited to a public lecture by internationally renowned water
experts Professor Lee Godden (University of Melbourne) and Professor Tim O’Riordon (University of East Anglia). The discussion will focus
on water as the main challenge facing Canada in the 21st century, drawing on trends, issues, and successful approaches that have been taken
in both Australia and Europe.
For many years, Australia and Europe have faced serious problems with the
management and governance of their water resources—from the effects
of severe drought, to the challenges of jurisdictional fragmentation, unclear
responsibilities, and disconnected governance. These challenges offer a
glimpse into Canada’s water future.
Australians and Europeans are tackling these problems with a variety of
innovative approaches that can offer Canadians important direction as we
contemplate our challenges ahead. Professors Godden and O’Riordan will
offer lessons from their home regions. Their talks will be followed by a
focused discussion with Professor Rob de Loë (Research Chair Water
Policy and Governance, University of Waterloo) on how these lessons can
be applied in the Canadian context, moderated by the University of Victoria’s Oliver M. Brandes of the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance.