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Managing Demand

The University of Victoria’s POLIS Project Thinks Beyond Pipes and Pumps – and Takes Action Towards a New Water Infrastructure in BC and Beyond


Oliver Brandes
Since 2000 the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria has filled a unique niche on campus as a place where academic and policy research meets community action. The Water Sustainability Project began at POLIS in 2003. It focuses on reorienting Canadian water management from a supply development approach toward stewardship and managing demand as priorities for governments and decision makers.

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Water Experts Propose Blueprint for Federal Action on Freshwater

“Changing the Flow: A Blueprint for Federal Action on Freshwater” builds on mounting calls for renewed federal action on water from a diverse range of groups and sectors. The report establishes what the Gordon Water Group believes is a compelling case for urgent actions to be undertaken by the Canadian federal government, and according to its authors, provides clear and concise direction through 25 recommended actions organized around seven priority areas:

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“Beyond the Fenceline” describes new way for business to think about water

Companies around the world have been working for decades to manage their own water use and wastewater discharge. Now, as freshwater becomes increasingly scarce, and amid mounting competition between communities, industries, agriculture and ecosystems for finite resources, there is growing awareness that “to manage water globally, you need to know the water situation locally”.

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‘Global Water Tool’ will help companies manage water use

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) officially launched its Global Water Tool during World Water Week in Stockholm on 15 August 2007. It's a free and easy-to-use tool for companies and organizations to map their water use and assess risks relative to their global operations and supply chains.

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Towards a Vision and Strategy for Water Management in Canada

“Towards a Vision and Strategy for Water Management in Canada” is a synthesis of five workshops held across Canada in 2006, which included almost 70 presentations and involved hundreds of participants from a wide cross section of sectors and regions, providing a comprehensive snapshot of the needs and opportunities that exist in terms of water management in Canada.

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WaterBucket: The Water Portal for British Columbia

Education can play an important role in facilitating change. Education increases our capacity to make informed decisions and to act effectively in addressing environmental and development issues. The WaterBucket website is a prime example of using outreach to promote the move from awareness to action.

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Water – Choosing Sustainability for Life and Livelihoods

The phrase ‘water for life and livelihoods' has been introduced to British Columbians in order to focus them on what is at stake over both the short and long terms. The phrase conveys the fundamental principles of sustainability of natural systems in their own right and in relation to the health and well-being of people who benefit from the use of water for basic life needs and economic activity.

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Convening for Action in the South Okanagan: Water for Life and Livelihoods

Within the next 10 to 15 years it is projected that the available water in the Okanagan Basin will be fully allocated. At the same time, agricultural development is also expected to increase, with potential growth in the grape and wine sector leading the way. Also, the region will continue to experience both the benefits and consequences of climate change – that is, a longer growing season and changes in form and pattern of precipitation and runoff, respectively.

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