Investing in Our Watersheds: Stimulus & Sustainable Funding for Water Security

What: Creating a Blue Dialogue Webinar

Date: May 25th, 2020

Across British Columbia, First Nations, local governments, and community organizations are leading major freshwater initiatives, but are stymied by a lack of resources and funding. Without reliable revenue streams, real progress on watershed governance will not succeed.

This webinar explores the evolution of work to secure sustainable funding for watershed governance in B.C. The discussion showcases ongoing research and initiatives aimed at identifying sustainable funding options, building a Watershed Security Fund for B.C., and providing direction for stimulus spending.

Rosie Simms (POLIS), Zita Botelho (Watersheds BC), and Tim Morris (BC Freshwater Legacy Initiative) provide an overview of sustainable funding as a crucial building block for any watershed governance initiative. Grounded in the current, unprecedented time of COVID-19, the speakers explore the continued priority of a Watershed Security Fund and possible direction for government stimulus spending. They also offer a sneak peek at emerging work identifying Opportunities for Watershed Stimulus in British Columbia.


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 series began in 2010 and is hosted by the POLIS Water Sustainability Project at the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria.

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