A Public Lecture & Discussion Hosted by the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria

WHEN: Monday June 18th, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: University of Victoria, Hickman Building, Room 105

You are invited to a public lecture by internationally renowned water experts Professor Lee Godden (University of Melbourne) and Professor Tim O’Riordon (University of East Anglia). The discussion will focus on water as the main challenge facing Canada in the 21st century, drawing on trends, issues, and successful approaches that have been taken in both Australia and Europe.

For many years, Australia and Europe have faced serious problems with the management and governance of their water resources—from the effects of severe drought, to the challenges of jurisdictional fragmentation, unclear responsibilities, and disconnected governance. These challenges offer a glimpse into Canada’s water future.

Australians and Europeans are tackling these problems with a variety of innovative approaches that can offer Canadians important direction as we contemplate our challenges ahead. Professors Godden and O’Riordan will offer lessons from their home regions. Their talks will be followed by a focused discussion with Professor Rob de Loë (Research Chair Water Policy and Governance, University of Waterloo) on how these lessons can be applied in the Canadian context, moderated by the University of Victoria’s Oliver M. Brandes of the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance.

This event is being hosted by the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance in partnership with the British Columbia Branch of the Canadian Water Resources Association (BC-CWRA)BC Water & Waste AssociationPartnership for Water Sustainability in BCUniversity of Victoria’s Environmental Law Centre, and Water Canada Magazine.

For more information please visit or contact Laura Brandes at or 250-721-8189.