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Event – Watersheds 2020: Stepping Stones to Collaborative Watershed Governance

October 15, 2020 - October 16, 2020

Description (from watershedsforum.ca website):

*Amid current global challenges, water and watershed security remain imperative and we are convinced that Watersheds 2020: Stepping stones to watershed governance is needed now more than ever before. For that reason, we have decided to “meet you where you are at” by creating a virtual gathering this Fall as we also work towards establishing a viable date in 2021 for our in-person forum.*


Join us October 15-16, 2020 for a virtual forum that brings together a diverse community of water leaders in B.C.—including Indigenous Nations, watershed groups, local and provincial government staff, funders, and the network of practitioners and champions—to build and deepen connections, learn from one another, and explore opportunities for improved watershed decision-making and longer-term watershed security.


From record-breaking droughts and floods to conflicts over use and rights, British Columbia’s fresh water is facing increasing threats. Addressing current and looming freshwater challenges as well as changing realities requires new partnerships and innovative forms of collaborative governance to respond to the many social and ecological needs of our watersheds.


Watersheds 2020 is being shaped by the needs and priorities identified by the water community and offers a chance for deeper understanding of the emerging issues and the opportunities to create change.

This virtual event will offer a small and stimulating sampling of talks, panels, and interactive opportunities to set us up well for our in-person get together anticipated in 2021.

Our core program starting to come together! Below is a sneak peek at the Watersheds 2020 panels and talks.

  • Water and watershed security the emerging imperative
  • Stories from on-the-ground watershed governance projects
  • Indigenous-led water initiatives
  • UNDRIP, DRIPA, and Indigenous laws
  • Water ethics and cross-cultural values
  • Sustainable funding – lessons and future potential
  • Global to local innovators and possibilities
  • Stepping stones to watershed governance – tools and priorities to gain greater influence and strengthen collaborations

Stay tuned and save the dates of October 15-16, 2020! A program and registration link for the free virtual forum are coming soon!

If you want to help us continue to create an effective program shaped by the needs and priorities identified by the BC water community, please fill out the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/POLIS-Illumination-survey-2020.