Setting a New Course in British Columbia—Water Governance Reform Options and Opportunities

May 2009

This detailed policy paper explores the options and opportunities for water governance reform in British Columbia. The paper was developed to assist the Ministry of Environment with its commitment to address water management and modernize the 100-year-old Water Act that is no longer able to deal with existing and emerging water issues in the province.  Recognizing that governance alone cannot correct inadequate water management, but poor governance will almost certainly prevent effective management, the report outlines three possible paths forward and emphasizes the need to build institutional and ecosystem resilience.

Oliver M. Brandes
Deborah Curran

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