Stepping Stones to Watershed Governance: New Tools & Services to Strengthen Decision-Making in B.C.

Date: May 21st, 2019

Marking the release of the new Handbook for Water Champions: Strengthening Decision-Making and Collaboration for Healthy Watersheds, this webinar explores new tools, services, and practical solutions for anyone working to advance watershed governance initiatives in their region. It is intended for local groups, collaborative organizations, and Indigenous and Crown governments seeking to better understand watershed governance.

The speakers introduce the “Stepping Stones to Watershed Governance” framework, which helps groups strategically assess their progress and impact, and identify their priorities to move forward to gain greater influence and strengthen collaborations. Drawing on real-world examples, the speakers focus on one particularly important aspect of successful watershed governance: securing sustainable funding. They share stories from B.C. watersheds that have experimented with different approaches to generating reliable revenues to support their work.


Natasha Overduin (Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources & POLIS Water Sustainability Project)

Zita Botelho (Sustainable Funding for Watershed Governance Initiative)

Alex Etchell (BC Freshwater Legacy Initiative & Nicola Watershed Governance Project)


Hosted since 2010 by the POLIS Water Sustainability Project at the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria, the Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series brings together expert water practitioners and thinkers, as well as emerging water leaders, to engage with innovative ideas on water policy and governance in Canada. By creating an online community of interest, the series strengthens the national capacity to engage with and solve problems, and raises awareness about emerging Canadian water issues, best practices, and policies. The 2018/019 season is being co-hosted by POLIS and the Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network (WEPGN).