Delegating Water Governance: Issues and Challenges in the BC Context




Issues and Challenges

This report on evolving approaches to water governance in Canada, focusing on BC, was commissioned by the BC Water Governance Project, a partnership of the Fraser Basin Council, BC Ministry of Karen bakker - ubc program on water governanceEnvironment, Fraser Salmon and Watershed Program, Georgia Basin Living Rivers Program and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

“The paper is intended to provide useful information and tools for government and other stakeholders participating in the ongoing dialogue on water governance in the province of British Columbia,” states Karen Bakker, Director, Program on Water Governance at the University of British Columbia. 

Linda nowlan (120p)“The paper presents an independent, academic analysis of select water governance issues, focusing on ‘delegated’ water governance. This is also known as ‘devolved’ or ‘shared’ or ‘distributed’ governance,” adds Linda Nowlan, an environmental lawyer and a Faculty Research Associate with the Program.

The analysis is based on research conducted by the University of British Columbia’s Program on Water Governance in the latter half of 2007.


Delegating Water Governance

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

The discussion paper served as a reference document for the 2008 Water Governance Workshop Series.

Lynn kriwoken (120p) - march 2009“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 Planning Team, Water Stewardship Division in the Ministry of Environment.


December 2009