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Webinar—Making Urban Water Sustainability a Reality

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 12:00 - 13:30

On February 17th, the POLIS Water Sustainability Project is hosting the third webinar in its 2016/2017 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. Register now!

WHAT: Making Urban Water Sustainability a Reality
DATE: Friday, February 17th, 2017
TIME: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. PT ( 3 p.m. to  4:30 p.m. ET)

Canada's water and wastewater infrastructure requires urgent attention. The 2016 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card revealed that 29 per cent of Canada’s drinking water infrastructure and 35 per cent of its wastewater infrastructure is in fair to very poor condition. Canada is facing an "infrastructure moment," which includes an unparalleled opportunity to set the course for the next generation of sustainable urban water infrastructure in this country. The Government of Canada is committed to investing over $180 billion in infrastructure over the coming decade.

In this webinar, Tony Maas will discuss the importance of urban water sustainability. He will present a suite of recommendations to align water infrastructure investments and regulatory regimes around a vision of sustainability, resilience, and innovation. Emanuel Machado will then share lessons learned from the Town of Gibsons’ pioneering "eco-asset" management strategy, which was developed to promote ecological sustainability and smart infrastructure management and maintenance.

**SPACE IS LIMITED** Register now!

 

BACKGROUND READING

Strategic Investments for Urban Water Sustainability: Seizing Canada's Infrastructure Moment—Policy Brief (FLOW, January 2017)

Towards an Eco-Asset Strategy in the Town of Gibsons (Town of Gibsons, February 2015)

 

**If you are in Victoria, B.C., we will be hosting a live viewing of the February 17th webinar at the Centre for Global Studies on the University of Victoria campus. Contact Rosie Simms at water@polisproject.org for more details.**

Strengthening Monitoring and Reporting for BC's Waters

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 12:00 - 13:30

On December 5th, the WSP is hosting the second webinar in its 2016/2017 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. Register now!

WHAT: Strengthening Monitoring and Reporting for B.C.'s Waters
DATE: Monday, December 5th, 2016
TIME: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. PT ( 3 p.m. to  4:30 p.m. ET)

Interest is growing across sectors to identify opportunities to improve watershed monitoring and state-of-the-watershed reporting. The British Columbia Living Water Smart Policy recognizes that "we can't manage what we can't measure" and makes a commitment to improving monitoring, and regular “state of” reporting. There is a real opportunity to collectively explore how to create a robust foundation of shared information for watershed governance in B.C.

In this webinar, Elizabeth Hendriks (VP Freshwater, WWF-Canada) will provide an overview of information gaps, and some of the solutions and tools available to improve watershed monitoring. Katrina Connors (Director, Skeena Programs, Pacific Salmon Foundation) will share her experience in the Skeena to develop collaborative partnerships and the Salmon Explorer tool. Ben Kerr (CEO, Foundry Spatial and Senior Water Scientist) will offer a brief look at the data visualization tools his team has developed, such as the B.C. Water Tool. In addition to these resource guests, a number of other experts will offer resources, comments, questions, and perspectives through the webinar’s virtual chat box. 

**SPACE IS LIMITED** Register now!

**If you are in Victoria, B.C., we will be hosting a live viewing of the December 5th webinar at the Centre for Global Studies on the University of Victoria campus. Contact Rosie Simms at water@polisproject.org for more details.**

Watersheds 2016 Forum—Building Capacity for Collaboration and Watershed Governance in B.C. 

Friday, September 30, 2016 (All day) - Saturday, October 1, 2016 (All day)

 

Watersheds 2016: Building Capacity for Collaboration and Watershed Governance in British Columbia is a 1.5 day forum that builds directly on the learnings and successes of Watersheds 2014. Through panel sessions, field trips, breakout workshops and structured peer-to-peer learning, participants will build skills and enhance capacity for watershed governance in British Columbia.

WHEN: September 30th – October 1st
WHERE: Simon Fraser University's Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Vancouver, B.C.
REGISTRATION: Please visit our registration webpageSpace is limited. Register by July 31st for early-bird rates!

Watersheds 2016 will bridge with and complement the Living Waters Rally 2016a national event to be hosted by the Canadian Freshwater Alliance from September 27 – 30, 2016. 

Watersheds 2016 is co-organized by four core partners: The POLIS Project on Ecological GovernanceThe Canadian Freshwater AllianceThe Fraser Basin Council, and The First Nations Fisheries Council.

This event is made possible by generous financial contributions from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia, the BC Ministry of EnvironmentSimon Fraser University's Pacific Water Research Centre, and the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies. Other partners for this event include WWF-Canada, the Forum for Leadership on Water, and EvergreenWater Canada Magazine is the official event media partner.

For updates, follow us on Facebook: POLIS Water Sustainability Project

and Twitter: @POLISWater  #watersheds2016

Webinar—Evolving Water Planning Processes in BC

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 12:00 - 13:30

 

On September 15th, the WSP is hosting the first webinar in its 2016/2017 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. Register now!

WHAT: Evolving Water Planning Processes in B.C. 
DATE: Thursday, September 15th, 2016
TIME: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. PT ( 3 p.m. to  4:30 p.m. ET)

Watershed planning processes are essential to watershed governance, as they bring together key rights holders and interests to articulate a common vision, including priorities, problems, and management actions. Many local leaders across B.C. are pursuing watershed planning processes, and anticipate that B.C.’s Water Sustainability Act—which enables “water sustainability plans (WSPs)”—could give existing or future plans legal ‘teeth’, increasing their legitimacy and impact. Although WSPs are new legal tools under the Act, many regions have significant experience in various forms of water and watershed planning.

In this webinar, Lee Failing (Principal, Compass Resource Management) will share insights on the important elements of a sound planning process—based on her experience in leading a range of water use planning processes in B.C. and elsewhere in North America over the last 20 years. Kate Cave (Project Manager and Research Associate, Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) will discuss her experience in Indigenous-led watershed planning and share highlights from the CIER Guidebook series.

This webinar is the first instalment in the POLIS Water Sustainability Project’s 2016/2017 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. It is intended as a lead-in to the upcoming Watersheds 2016 forum, which seeks to build capacity in B.C.'s water community for effective watershed governance.

**SPACE IS LIMITED** Register now!

**If you are in Victoria, B.C., we will be hosting a live viewing of the September 15th webinar at the Centre for Global Studies on the University of Victoria campus. Contact Rosie Simms at water@polisproject.org to RSVP to the live viewing.**

Evolving Watershed Governance in BC

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 12:00 - 13:30

On June 21st, the WSP is hosting the fifth (and final) webinar in its 2015/2016 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. Register now!

WHAT: Evolving Watershed Governance in BC: New Research & Initiatives 

DATE: Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
TIME: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. PT (3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET)

Recent research illuminates opportunities for watershed governance in British Columbia, and several community-based groups are shaping the concept into real-world practice.

In this webinar, three speakers will highlight recent research and on-the-ground examples of watershed governance in action. Natasha Overduin (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance) will share results from the upcoming POLIS research report, “Illumination: Insights and Perspectives for Building Effective Watershed Governance in British Columbia.” Based on findings from a comprehensive e-survey with nearly 450 participants, in-depth interviews, and a First Nations’ Roundtable, Illumination highlights the remaining knowledge and capacity gaps that constrain further progress towards a robust, leading watershed governance regime.Theresa Fresco (Upper Fraser Basin Region, Fraser Basin Council), will discuss work in the Nechako region to coordinate water stewardship activities and improve understanding of watershed issues. Heather Leschied (Living Lakes Canada & Kootenay Lake Partnership) will explain how the Kootenay Lake Partnership has helped improve decision-making around the foreshore of Kootenay Lake.

This webinar is the fifth (and final) instalment in the 2015/2016 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. It will build on the 2014/2015 season and the January 2014 report "A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia," which focused on nine “winning conditions” needed to move towards a more sophisticated approach to watershed governance.

**SPACE IS LIMITED** Register now!

**If you are in Victoria, B.C., we will be hosting a live viewing of the June 21st webinar at the Centre for Global Studies on the University of Victoria campus. Contact Rosie Simms at water@polisproject.org to RSVP to the live viewing.**

The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy & Biodiversity

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 12:00 - 13:30

 

On April 26th, the WSP is hosting the fourth webinar in its 2015/2016 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. Register now!

WHAT: The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy & Biodiversity 
DATE: Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

TIME: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. PT ( 3 p.m. to  4:30 p.m. ET)

Secure supplies of water, food and energy are essential to human dignity and well-being around the globe. In turn, the vitality of these three depends on a thriving biodiversity supported by healthy ecosystems. The complex interdependence among these four factors is known as the Nexus.

In this webinar, speakers Dr. Jon O’Riordan (Senior Policy and Research Advisor, SFU Adaptation to Climate Change Team) and Robert Sandford (Author; EPCOR Chair for Water and Climate Security) will share insights from their recent publication “The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy and Biodiversity in a Changing World.” In their presentation, the speakers will highlight how changing hydro-climate systems are creating a crisis for the Nexus elements, and will discuss the range of transformative policies required to manage this crisis. 

This webinar is the fourth instalment in the 2015/2016 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. It will build on the 2014/2015 season and the January 2014 report "A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia," which focused on nine “winning conditions” needed to move towards a more sophisticated approach to watershed governance.

**SPACE IS LIMITED** Register now!

**If you are in Victoria, B.C., we will be hosting a live viewing of the April 26th webinar at the Centre for Global Studies on the University of Victoria campus. Contact Rosie Simms at water@polisproject.org to RSVP to the live viewing.**

Workshop—Wading Under the Water Table: Exploring Ethics and Values in Collaborative Watershed Governance

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 13:30 - 15:00

 

To celebrate World Water Day 2016, the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance and the Centre for Global Studies hosted a presentation on emerging water ethics research. This interactive presentation summarized exploratory work on water ethics undertaken as part of a Social Justice Studies Program practicum with the POLIS Project.

WHAT: "Wading Under the Water Table: Exploring Ethics and Values in Collaborative Watershed Governance"

DATE: Tuesday March 22

TIME: 1:30-3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Sedgewick Room C168 (the large boardroom at CFGS)

SPEAKERS: Katie Lauriston & Kelly Bannister

 

In this interactive presentation, participants were encouraged to give feedback on a bibliographic resource created from an initial literature scan of diverse fields of study and practice related to water ethics and cross-cultural values. Initial impressions were presented of cross-cultural values that inform – or ought to inform – watershed management and stewardship discussions in pursuing our aspirations of collaborative watershed governance. The goal of this presentation was to share initial findings and invite feedback that could guide the POLIS Project’s further work on water ethics.

 

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:

Katie Lauriston is a Social Justice Studies practicum student with the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance. Kelly Bannister is the Co-Director of the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance. Her focus is on ethical and legal issues in research involving biodiversity and Indigenous cultural knowledge and she has extensive experience in ethics policy analysis and development.