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Critical Issues in B.C.'s Watersheds: Industry, Indigenous Governance & Legal Entitements

Presenters: Jesse Baltutis (Event Host), Michelle-Lee Moore (Event Moderator), Oliver M. Brandes (Presenter)

Where: University of Victoria, Sedgewick Building, C168

Focused through the lens of our changing climate—and changing hydrology—this event explored three priority water challenges facing Canadians today: natural gas development and tracking; indigenous governance and collaborative water governance; and water entitlements. It also included an exploration of social innovation and water governance reform as options for addressing these issues. Presentations drew on current research from a diversity of UVic departments and centres (Centre for Global Studies, Environmental Studies, Geography, Law). The event was sponsored by the UVic Centre for Global Studies and the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, and was part of UVic Ideafest 2013.

Webinar—The Climate Resilience Gap: A Global Insurer's Perspective

On February 13th, the POLIS Water Sustainability Project partnered with the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR) and the Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT) to host this webinar, which was presented as part of the Climate Change Adaptation Community of Practice (CCACoP)’s free webinar series.

WHAT: The Climate Resilience Gap: A Global Insurer’s Perspective
DATE: Wednesday February 13, 2013
TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PT (1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET)

This webinar featured a discussion of how to leverage the insurance “tool” for a better resilience outcome by Lindene Patton (Chief Climate Product Officer, Zurich Insurance Group) with responses from Robert Sandford (Chair, Canadian Partnership Initiative of the UN Water for Life Decade) and Jon O’Riordan (Water Policy Advisor, POLIS Project on Ecological Governance; Research Director, ACT). It focused on many of the same themes discussed at the November 2012 webinar "Adapting to a Changing Climate: The Perspective of an Insurer on Water and Risk Governance."

David R. Boyd's telephone Town Hall on "the right to a healthy environment"

Join David R. Boyd in a telephone Town Hall on "the right to a healthy environment" hosted by the David Suzuki Foundation on February 3 from 4-5 pm Pacific.

Why is our right to clean air, safe water and fertile soil not protected in Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms? Are people healthier in countries where environmental laws are stronger? Should nature have rights? What can Canadians learn from the global environmental rights movement?

These are just some of the questions that will be discussed with special guest Dr. David Boyd—environmental lawyer, professor and author of The Right to a Healthy Environment—at the David Suzuki Foundation Telephone Town Hall.

Information and sign-up details at: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/events/david-suzuki-foundation-telephone-town...

Global Networks and Governance Innovation: Tools for Resilient Watersheds

This is the second webinar in the POLIS Water Sustainability Project's 2012/2013 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. To view archived webinars click here.

WEBINAR SUMMARY

When it comes to watershed governance, interest is growing in the role that innovation can play in building resilience and a capacity to solve the complex problems being faced in watersheds around the globe. In this webinar, the guest speakers will discuss challenges and opportunities for building resilience within watersheds. Michele-Lee Moore, an emerging scholar in global water governance, will discuss the importance of global networks for driving new innovation processes and improving resilience in our domestic watersheds. Drawing on her research from the Prachinburi River basin in Thailand and the Murray-Darling basin in Australia, she will explore the growing linkages between these watersheds and the challenges and benefits that transnational relationships bring for watershed-based organizations. Respondent Frances Westley, a leading social innovation researcher, will focus on the role of social “traps” during disasters and how they can affect the capacity to build resilience across sectors within a watershed.

GUEST SPEAKERS

Michele-Lee Moore
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Victoria
Director, Water, Innovation, and Global Governance Lab (WIGG)
Research Associate & Strategic Faculty Advisor, POLIS Water Sustainability Project

Frances Westley
Waterloo Institute of Social Innovation and Resilience
JW McConnell Chair in Social Innovation, University of Waterloo

**SPACE IS LIMITED**
To register email Laura Brandes at communications@polisproject.org

University of Victoria Roundtable on Water Issues—The Water-Energy Nexus: A Western Canadian Perspective

 

This roundtable discussion will survey current research on hydrological impacts on freshwater resources in Western Canada due to a changing climate and associated implications for energy development and questions of governance. It will explore on-the-ground examples of where water and energy intersect and possible environmental and governance challenges that exist at this intersection.

DATE: Wednesday, November 21st 2012
TIME: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (followed by a light informal lunch)

Featured Speakers
Ben Parfitt, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Markus Schnorbus, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium
Dr. Lawrence Pitt, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
Dr. Harry Swain, Centre for Global Studies
Matt Horne, Pembina Institute
Dr. Kara Shaw, School of Environmental Studies, UVic
Professor Judith Sayers, Faculty of Business, Faculty of Law, UVic

Space is limited—RSVP by November 16th to water@polisproject.org

Webinar—Adapting to a Changing Climate: The Perspective of an Insurer on Water and Risk Governance

On November 1st, the POLIS Water Sustainability Project partnered with the Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT) to host this webinar.

WHAT: Adapting to a Changing Climate: The Perspective of an Insurer on Water and Risk Governance
DATE: Thursday November 1st, 2012
TIME: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PT (12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET)

In this webinar, Lindene Patton (Chief Climate Product Officer, Zurich Insurance Group) discussed how climate change is affecting considerations of risk and provided insight into how to leverage the insurance "tool" for a better resilience outcome. Drawing on his work in federal and national water policy, respondent Ralph Pentland (Acting Chair, Canadian Water Issues Council & Member, Forum for Leadership on Water) discussed the priority of water governance reform for imporved resilience and risk management.

Running Out of Steam? Emerging Challenges for the Water-Energy Nexus in B.C. and Beyond

This is the first webinar in the POLIS Water Sustainability Project's 2012/2013 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. To view archived webinars from past seasons click here.

WEBINAR SUMMARY

Just as water produces energy, energy provides water services—this relationship is known as the water-energy nexus. As populations increase and climate changes, so too will our demand for water and energy resources, which threatens to push the limits of what our environment can sustain. To effectively address the water-energy nexus, clear and consistent water, energy, and climate policies are essential.

Offering a “sneak preview” of a forthcoming report on emerging challenges for the water-energy nexus in British Columbia (published by the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives), researchers Ben Parfitt (CCPA) and Jesse Baltutis (POLIS) will offer perspectives on current and emerging water and energy priorities and discuss recommended actions for more effective governance of water and energy resources. The webinar will explore “hot spots” across the province—through on-the-ground case studies that depict the challenges and potential opportunities relating to the water-energy nexus in B.C. Drawing on the B.C. situation, special guest Steven Weissman (Berkeley Law, University of California) will offer a response and insight based on his own research on water conservation and energy efficiency strategies in California.

GUEST SPEAKERS

Jesse Baltutis
Researcher & Water Policy and Governance Project Coordinator, POLIS Water Sustainability Project

Ben Parfitt
Resource Policy Analyst, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) & Research Associate, POLIS Water Sustainability Project

Steven Weissman
Director, Energy Program, Centre for Law, Energy & the Environment, Berkeley Law, University of California

**SPACE IS LIMITED**
To register email Laura Brandes at communications@polisproject.org

Navigating Our Water Future: Lessons from Australia and Europe

Navigating Our Water Future: Lessons from Australia and Europe

A Public Lecture & Discussion Hosted by the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria Hickman Building, Room 105 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

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.

For more information please visit
http://poliswaterproject.org/story/463 or contact Laura Brandes at communications@polisproject.org or 250-721-8189.

Cross-Canada Checkup: A Canadian Perspective on Our Water Future

This is the fifth, and final, webinar in the POLIS Water Sustainability Project's 2011/2012 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. Information on next year’s series will be available in early fall 2012.

WEBINAR SUMMARY

Across the country, Canadians are passionate about the protection of water and willing to engage with challenging issues that have the potential to impact water quality and quantity. Although each province and territory faces a unique set of water-related concerns, there are overarching themes that cut across borders.

Drawing on the new report Cross-Canada Checkup: A Canadian Perspective on Our Water Future, the guest speakers will offer a perspective on current and emerging water challenges and priorities across Canada, and illustrate the interrelatedness of many water issues common to all Canadians. They will explore the Northwest Territories’ groundbreaking new water stewardship strategy as a model for water policy reform in the rest of Canada, and discuss the emerging need for a new national vision for understanding the value of water in this country.

This webinar complements the launch of Cross-Canada Checkup: A Canadian Perspective on Our Water Future, published by the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria and the Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT) at Simon Fraser University.

GUEST SPEAKERS

Jesse Baltutis
Water Policy & Governance Research Assistant, POLIS Water Sustainability Project
Co-Author of Cross-Canada Checkup: A Canadian Perspective on Our Water Future

Bob Sandford
Chair, Canadian Partnership Initiative of the UN Water for Life Decade
Co-Author of Cross-Canada Checkup: A Canadian Perspective on Our Water Future

**SPACE IS LIMITED**
To register email Laura Brandes at communications (at) polisproject (dot) org

Ecological Governance Abroad and at Home: Water Management Lessons from Semi-Arid Brazil to Canada's "Wet" Coast

Ecological Governance Abroad and at Home: Water Management Lessons from Semi-Arid Brazil to Canada's "Wet" Coast


A presentation as part of the POLIS Discussion Series on Ecological Governance
 
Dr. Nathalie Gravel is a geographer and a professor at Université Laval in Québec City. She will be presenting on her water governance research in the Brazilian Northeast. In this semi-arid region, civil society and levels of government have been working together to improve water management strategies to counter water shortages, including rainwater harvesting and efforts to reduce water demand. Nathalie will explore the paths being taken by rural communities to move toward environmental governance and ecological citizenship in this region.
 
Kevin Reilly is the Demand Management Coordinator for B.C.’s Capital Regional District. Bringing his local perspective, Kevin will open with a discussion regarding the Sooke Reservoir, a protected watershed that is the region’s primary water supply. He will speak about the water conservation and efficiency programs in place in and around Victoria, and how these relate to priority management issues across Canada, including water pricing, universal metering, and measurement.