Webinar—Awash with Opportunity: Sustainability in BC’s New Water Law
On January 28th, the WSP is hosting the third webinar in its 2015/2016 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. Register now!
WHAT: Awash with Opportunity: Sustainability in BC’s New Water Law
DATE: Thursday, January 28th, 2016
TIME: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. PT ( 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET)
In May 2014, the Province of British Columbia enacted the Water Sustainability Act, which provides an unprecedented opportunity to fully modernize the province’s water laws. In this webinar, speakers Oliver M. Brandes (Co-Director, POLIS Project on Ecological Governance and Lead, POLIS Water Sustainability Project) and Rosie Simms (Water Law & Policy Researcher, POLIS Water Sustainability Project) will share insights from the recent POLIS research report "Awash with Opportunity: Ensuring the Sustainability of BC’s New Water Law." The research provides an analysis of the Water Sustainability Act and the core regulations required to bring the Act’s sustainable aspects into full effect. The speakers will highlight recommendations for effective regulation development in five core areas, based on best practices from around the world:
1) Groundwater licensing;
2) Environmental flows;
3) Monitoring and reporting;
4) Water objectives; and
5) Planning and governance.
The speakers will also offer specific insights on the need for a fundamental shift to a partnership-based approach to water governance and management in British Columbia, with shared roles and responsibilities to protect the province’s freshwater resources—now and into the future.
This webinar is the third 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. This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the federal Department of the Environment.
**SPACE IS LIMITED** Register now!
**If you are in Victoria, B.C., we will be hosting a live viewing of the January 28th webinar at the Centre for Global Studies on the University of Victoria campus. Contact Rosie Simms at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP to the live viewing.**