from the Polis Project on Ecological Governance:
Released today, the new research report A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia focuses on current water governance issues in B.C. and offers a path forward for how the Province could transform its current approaches to decision-making to ensure a more sustainable and resilient future.
“The report comes at a critical time as B.C. prepares to replace its outdated Water Act with new legislation in the 2014 spring session,” says co-author Oliver M. Brandes, co-director of the POLIS Project. “The provincial government has led significant discussions about water management and policy reforms. This report takes the discussion a step further by addressing the complex details of who makes the decisions, and how decision-makers can be held to account for the benefit of B.C.’s fresh water.”
The Blueprint draws on leading examples of watershed governance from across Canada, and around the globe, and applies them to the B.C. context.
“It sets out a strategic 10-year program and proposes nine winning conditions to ensure success,” says co-author Dr. Jon O’Riordan, POLIS advisor and former deputy minister of B.C.’s Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management. “Recognizing the unique institutional, legal, cultural, and geographic challenges of B.C., we provide a clear timeline for successfully moving towards watershed governance to improve ecological resilience across the province.”
Download a copy of A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia.