POLIS in the Field

Published On: December 17th, 2019

From field trips, to on-site workshops, to meetings at the B.C. Legislature, the POLIS team has been busy this fall! Here is a roundup of the highlights.

POLIS Takes to the Sky

POLIS’ Oliver M. Brandes was in B.C.’s Skeena watershed in October for meetings with local experts, funders, other B.C. water leaders, and representatives from the BC Freshwater Legacy Initiative. The group met to discuss priorities and opportunities for the Skeena in the context of freshwater sustainability, as well as the potential impacts of B.C.’s new Water Sustainability Act for freshwater protection in the region. Read more >

Fourth-Annual B.C. Water Leaders-Funders Workshop in Nicola Valley

On October 16th and 17th, the fourth annual British Columbia Water Leaders-Funders workshop was held in Merritt, B.C. The workshop built on strategic collaborations to advance freshwater protection in the province and was organized by the POLIS Water Sustainability Project in partnership with the B.C. Water Funders Collaborative and the First Nations Fisheries Council. Read more >

POLIS Team at Provincial Legislature

POLIS’ Rosie Simms was at the B.C. Legislature in October 2019 for a series of meetings regarding the development of a B.C. Watershed Security Fund. She was there with Chief William Seymour (Cowichan Tribes) and representatives from the Canadian Freshwater Alliance, BC Wildlife Federation, and Cowichan Watershed Board. Read more >

Cowichan River Water Law Field Trip

On September 20th, over 30 people came together to participate in the Cowichan River Water Law Field Trip hosted by the University of Victoria’s POLIS Water Sustainability Project, Faculty of Law, and Centre for Global Studies in partnership with the Cowichan Watershed Board (CWB). Keen to explore local issues and applied law and governance, participants learned from experiences in Vancouver Island’s Cowichan watershed, which is a leading example of collaboration at the regional/watershed scale in B.C. Read more >