Water Ethics

We are all the guests of the green plants around us. ~ Ismail Serageldin

Our water ethics initiative explores ethics and cross-cultural values in watershed co-governance. It draws upon the literature and direct experiences of those involved in watershed management and stewardship, and is also informed by other fields of study and practice that involve cross-cultural knowledge sharing and knowledge co-production. Our goal is to understand how to work better together with water, and with each other, by exploring the diversity of social and cultural values, beliefs, and ways of being that inform—or ought to inform—collaborative watershed governance.

Water ethics was first launched as an exploratory workshop at the Watersheds 2016 conference in Vancouver. A workshop summary is in the Watersheds 2016 Proceedings (p.3-8) and a comprehensive water ethics bibliography is under development.

Innovative work with partners in cross-cultural knowledge sharing and knowledge co-production also directly supports our water ethics initiative, such as Ethics in Community Based Monitoring and Knowledge Coproduction: A Report on the Proceedings from Ethical Space for Knowledge Coproduction: Workshop on Ethics and Community Based Monitoring.