“The site allows users to review summaries of water policy documents for each province, compare water policies in different provinces, and receive updates as water policy changes across Canada,” states Liz Hendriks.
Established in 1909, B.C.’s Water Act is the primary piece of water management legislation. “A key commitment in the plan is to consider amendments to the Water Act to improve the protection of ecological values, provide for more community involvement and provide incentives to be water efficient,” stated John Slater.
“LIving Water Smart is the provincial government’s plan to keep our water healthy and secure for the future. A key commitment in the plan is to consider amendments to the Water Act to improve the protection of ecological values, provide for more community involvement and provide incentives to be water efficient,” states John Slater.
“The Australians see a business opportunity in Canada, in large part because they perceive that Canada lags behind Australia in developing technology and products to address the dependent relationship between energy, water and food. As the Australians see it, Canada is an emerging market for them,” comments Kim Stephens,
“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,” states Linda Nowlan.
“The path forward is clear. Provincial goals and strong regulatory standards in the areas of watershed and public health, as well as local expertise and involvement in decision-making, will all contribute to better governance,” states Deborah Curran.
“Our research examines the relationship between governance and practices of sustainable water management by municipal water supply utilities. We focus on water conservation because it is a key element of sustainable water management, reports Kathryn Furlong, principal author.
“My presentation was organized in three parts. First, I introduced the across-Canada audience to our BC adaptation of the ‘design with nature’ philosophy. Then I talked about Convening for Action on Vancouver Island to provide an example of new forms of governance. The third and final part dealt with the linkage of infrastructure to climate change and infrastructure. To capture audience attention and set a tone, I opened with a reference to Blue ecology and climate change, an article by Michael Blackstock,” stated Kim Stephens.
Led by Karen Bakker, the program aims to connect water researchers with those active on water policy. The program conducts basic research on water management, engages the wider community in outreach and education on water issues, and facilitates dialogue on water governance between universities, communities, government, NGOs and the private sector.