Published On: February 7th, 2024
Local communities want and need new solutions to manage and safeguard fresh water. In the Nicola watershed, the Nk’eʔxép (Drought) Management Committee is setting a new path forward on drought, boldly shifting away from the status-quo provincial drought response toward an approach based on shared decision-making informed by Indigenous and Western knowledge and science.
This case study showcases this new, joint approach and distills key learnings from the committee’s work to date. It celebrates successful collaboration among local partners, demonstrates the tangible impacts and benefits they have achieved for drought response and watershed health, and offers a valuable resource and lessons for other regions as they explore ways to improve drought management in their own watersheds.
It was co-published by the Nicola Watershed Governance Partnership and the University of Victoria’s POLIS Water Sustainability Project, with support from BC Water Legacy.