Ministry of Environment hosted 2008 Water Governance Workshop Series


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Water Governance Workshop Series

In 2008, the Ministry of Environment together with the Fraser Basin Council, the Living RIvers Trust Fund Georgia Basin, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada hosted a series of four regional workshops on water governance. Workshops were held in Langley, Prince George, Nanaimo and Kelowna. The workshop format included:

  • A panel discussion of provincial and local perspectives on water governance;
  • A presentation on the discussion paper, “Delegating Water Governance: Issues and Challenges in the BC Context” (, written by Karen Bakker and Linda Nowlan; and
  • Facilitated group discussions exploring key topics for advancing water governance, such as the policy framework, information needs, capacity building, and funding mechanisms.

Each workshop had approximately 40 invited participants. Participants included resource managers, local and provincial government, First Nations, agriculture, industry, academics and consultants. For program details, click on Agenda for 2008 BC Water Governance Workshop Series.

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Purpose of the Workshops

“Sustainable water management in BC is an important priority. The purpose of the workshops was to share information and explore opportunities for advancing water governance in British Columbia,” states Lynn Kriwoken, Director of Innovation and Lynn kriwoken (120p) - march 2009Planning Team, Water Stewardship Division in the Ministry of Environment.

“Productive dialogue on challenges and solutions were the central focus of the workshops. On the ground experiences of those who deal with water-related decision making was discussed and considered against the backdrop of current academic knowledge on water governance.”

Delegating Water Governance:

To download a copy of the discussion paper written by Karen Bakker and Linda Nowlan of the UBC Program on Water Governance, click on Delegating Water Governance: Issues and Challenges in the BC Context.