Water Governance

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Sponge Park: Ecosystem-Based Adaptation

Sponge Park: Ecosystem-Based Adaptation

                            A new park in New York City provides a great example of ecosystem-based adaptation as non-structural flood mitigation. From The New York Times:  “Aptly called Sponge Park, the 2,100-square-foot plot will, when it opens next spring, intercept thousands of gallons of storm […]

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ACT ED Profiled in SFU Public Policy Magazine

ACT ED Profiled in SFU Public Policy Magazine

ACT’s Executive Director Deb Harford was interviewed for the Winter issue of the SFU School of Public Policy Magazine. Deb discusses how ACT got started and how it has evolved since its inception. One exciting point is that climate change adaptation did not used to be a pressing concern for many in Canada, but with […]

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Read Now: Report on Columbia River Treaty Workshop October 7th

Read Now: Report on Columbia River Treaty Workshop October 7th

On October 7th of this year, ACT in partnership with the Canadian Water Resources Association hosted a one-day workshop on the Columbia River Treaty. This workshop was titled “Columbia River Treaty: Past, Present and Future” and featured expert presentations and panel discussions on social, political, legal and environmental issues related to the treaty, with a special […]

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Market gardens won't solve BC's food challenges

Market gardens won’t solve BC’s food challenges

From the Vancouver Sun: Ted van der Gulik, a former senior engineer in the Ministry of Agriculture who now is president of Partnership for Water Sustainability in B.C., said that protection of farmland — including from port-related development in South Delta — is far more important [than market gardens], along with finding ways to better use […]

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Learn more about our new book, "The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy, and Biodiversity in a Changing World"

Learn more about our new book, “The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy, and Biodiversity in a Changing World”

ACT was pleased to release our new book: The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy, and Biodiversity in a Changing World, by Jon O’Riordan & Robert William Sandford  Published by Rocky Mountain Books | $16 hardcover We held an event in Vancouver on December 3rd to launch this exciting book. Secure supplies of water, food and energy are […]

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Tyee article: Preparing for the next big flood

Tyee article: Preparing for the next big flood

An article posted today in The Tyee points out that while politicians often make promises about adaptation after extreme weather events occur, they are less likely to follow through on those promises long-term. This lack of adaptation planning makes communities more vulnerable to future climate events. “The flood of 2013 [in Alberta] may have been […]

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Webinar: Building Partnerships and Investing in Community Flood Resilience

Webinar: Building Partnerships and Investing in Community Flood Resilience

Register now for this upcoming webinar, hosted by ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability: Building Partnerships and Investing in Community Flood Resilience December 3rd 1:00-2:30 ET (10:00-11:30  PT)  Learn about ways to invest in community resilience and use critical partnerships to advance climate change adaptation within communities. This webinar is based on three themes: understanding community-level […]

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Download: New Research on BC’s Water Laws

New research on the future of B.C.’s most important resource from POLIS Project on Ecological Governance With the replacement of its over a century-old Water Act with the new Water Sustainability Act in 2014, British Columbia has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to modernize its freshwater legislation and usher in a new era of water stewardship. TheWater Sustainability Acthas many promising […]

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