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Job Posting: Research & Special Projects Coordinator

TITLE: Research & Special Projects Coordinator

ORGANIZATION: POLIS Water Sustainability Project, University of Victoria

JOB OVERVIEW: This is 1-year position that is renewable pending funding and candidate fit, with a 6-month probation period. Part time option possible. FTE entry salary 38-50k commensurate with experience.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The POLIS Water Sustainability Project is seeking a highly organized, motivated, and growth-oriented Research Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator to join our team at the University of Victoria...

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New Watershed Governance Series for Practitioners and Decision-Makers

In January, the POLIS Water Sustainability Project released the first publication in its new Watershed Governance Dispatch series. These short, focused research summaries for practitioners, politicians, and decision-makers describe the what, why, when, and how of recent and emerging innovative developments in watershed governance.

The goal is to help decision-makers and practitioners stay better informed about exciting developments happening across the province. Each instalment in the series will highlight a leading example related to the implementation of watershed governance in B.C...

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Waterlines: Confluence and Hope through Environmental Communication

2019 Conference on Communication and Environment in Vancouver

From June 17-21, 2019 the 15th biennial Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) will be held in Vancouver, B.C., on the traditional unceded territory of the Musqueam people.

This international conference is held every two years, and this is the first time it will be held in Canada. The event offers an unique opportunity for a diversity of communications practitioners and researchers from around the world—scholars, practitioners, artists, students, and concerned citizens—to share and learn from each other, with the goal of fostering more effective, inspiring, ethical, and hopeful environmental and sustainability communication...

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B.C Government responds to POLIS Recommendations Report

Steps being taken to improve water quality and protection in B.C.’s Hullcar Valley

In November 2017, POLIS released the recommendations report From Crisis to Solutions: Towards Better Source Water Protection and Nutrient Management in the Hullcar Valley. It was commissioned as part of a provincial review ordered by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy to improve management and decision-making related to source water protection and agricultural nutrients in B.C.’s Hullcar aquifer. POLIS’ Oliver M. Brandes led this aspect of the provincial review with an advisory committee, and the recommendations report was released by POLIS...

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Is B.C. keeping its freshwater promises?

New research from the POLIS Water Sustainability Project evaluates a decade of “Living Water Smart” and key provincial water commitments

Ten years have passed since British Columbia released the Living Water Smart plan, a visionary provincial strategy that outlines 45 commitments to improve freshwater management in B.C.  While there has been notable headway on implementation, new research from the POLIS Water Sustainability Project, based at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies, reveals that nearly one-third of Living Water Smart commitments have seen minimal progress to date.

The new report, Taking the Pulse: B.C...

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Third annual B.C. Water Leaders-Funders workshop held in Victoria

Resulting “B.C. Water Leaders’ Statement of Essential Elements for Freshwater Protection” presented to government

In early November, the POLIS Water Sustainability Project co-hosted the third annual joint B.C. Water Leaders-Funders workshop in partnership with the B.C. Water Funders Collaborative.

Thirty-five water leaders and funders from across British Columbia came together in Victoria, B.C. for updates on a range B.C. freshwater policy priorities and to determine how to best strengthen the funder-leader interface.

Minister Doug Donaldson (Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development) provided remarks an evening reception at the Robert Bateman Centre...

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POLIS Wins 2018 Land Award

Water Sustainability Project Recognized as Freshwater Leader in B.C.

On October 11th the POLIS Water Sustainability Project was awarded the 2018 Land Award in the Fresh Water and Food Systems category.

“It’s such an honour to even be considered among so many excellent projects and a vibrant community of change-makers,” said Oliver M. Brandes, Project Lead at the POLIS Water Sustainability Project, who accepted the award on behalf of the team at the Land Awards Gala in Vancouver. “Events like this are so critical...

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Majority of British Columbians bracing for future water crisis

2018 BC Freshwater Public Opinion Insights Topline Report relased

Released on the heels of record-setting wildfires, droughts, and floods, new opinion data shows that more than half of British Columbians worry about the potential for a major water crisis in their community.

Another 87 per cent believe the province will face a serious problem if nothing is done to improve the management of water resources in B.C. This is up from 76 per cent in 2013, according to polling results released in September 208 by the Canadian Freshwater Alliance...

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Looking Ahead

New handbook, environmental flows conference, and webinar season on horizon

Coming Fall 2018: New Handbook for Water Champions

What steps do local water champions need to take to gain influence and control in watershed decision-making? This fall, the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) and POLIS Water Sustainability Project will be releasing the new Handbook for Water Champions: Strengthening Decision-Making and Collaboration for Healthy Watersheds to help readers deepen their understanding of the “how-tos” of governance with practical advice and diagnostic tools. It unpacks the deeply complex and often messy social process of making choices, taking risks, and making compromises to achieve the long-lasting solutions and positive ecological outcomes that communities want and need...

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New research for local communities and water leaders looking to advance freshwater protection

Opportunities in British Columbia's Water Sustainability Act

New research released this week by the POLIS Water Sustainability Project outlines the potential of British Columbia’s Water Sustainability Act (WSA) when it comes to addressing water security and sustainability in the province. The brief is written for local communities and water leaders who want to support implementation of the WSA to advance freshwater protection.

“The Water Sustainability Act provides a number of promising tools that have the potential to address water challenges and promote sustainability,” said co-author Rosie Simms, researcher at the POLIS Water Sustainability Project...

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780 water champions come together for watershed governance forum

From record-breaking droughts and floods to conflicts over use and rights, fresh water across Canada and in B.C. is facing increasing threats. Addressing current and looming freshwater challenges requires new partnerships and innovative forms of shared authority and collaborative governance to respond to the many social and ecological needs of our watersheds.

For nearly a decade the POLIS Water Sustainability Project (WSP), along with many important partners, has been organizing and co-hosting the biennial series of Watersheds events...

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Experts gather on Columbia River Treaty and Indigenous rights

How do two neighbouring countries tackle vital questions on the renegotiation of an international water agreement involving important issues such as conservation, river health, flood control, hydropower generation, and Indigenous engagement for a 1,930-kilometre river in the heart of the Pacific Northwest?

This spring, approximately 200 people converged on the University of Victoria campus to discuss important topics surrounding the future of the Columbia River Treaty and the importance of Indigenous roles and responsibilities...

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