Join us at Watersheds 2014: Towards Watershed Governance in British Columbia and Beyond—an event designed to support skills development and capacity-building for watershed groups, First Nations, and community watershed champions.

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WHEN: January 27th to 29th, 2014

WHERE: Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre, Duncan, British Columbia

WHAT: We live in a changing world and water needs to be managed and governed in new ways. Watershed governance is one innovative approach. It involves reorganizing our decision-making processes to align with the ecological boundaries of watersheds, instead of political boundaries.

This is not a forum for talking heads, but a “roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-to-work” event. Come prepared to share your experiences and learn from your peers. You will become part of a network of engaged volunteers and professionals, and learn how to better collaborate with stakeholders, government, industry, and not-for-profits to improve collaborative governance. And, you’ll be supported in bringing your new knowledge back to your home watersheds.

The entire event has been designed with participants’ needs at top of mind. Pre-forum research means the sessions have been customized to address priority topics, such as resilience thinking, drinking water source protection planning, and the role of First Nations rights and title in decision-making. Sessions will include keynote presentations, plenary talks, breakout groups, and workshops. There will also be opportunities to learn from other participants about successful—and not-so-successful—programs and strategies from other regions.

This forum is designed for:

  • watershed groups
  • researchers
  • professional resource managers
  • decision-makers at all levels of government, including First Nations

The forum is being organized by the POLIS Water Sustainability Project, situated at the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, the University of Victoria’s Department of Geography, and Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, with significant funding from the Canadian Water Network. In addition, core partners include Cowichan Tribes, the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia, and the Ministry of Environment.