Description (from watershedsforum.ca website):
WHAT IS WATERSHEDS 2020?
Join us October 14, 15 & 16 for a 3-day hands-on forum that brings together a diverse of 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.
Location will be confirmed soon, but be ready to discover a distinct region of B.C to learn from and profile regional watershed issues and initiatives.
WHY WATERSHED GOVERNANCE? WHY NOW?
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 requires new partnerships and innovative forms of collaborative governance to respond to the many social and ecological needs of our watersheds.
Watersheds 2020 will be 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.
Our core programs are 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
- Source to estuary – law, policy, and management
- Global to local innovators and possibilities
- Stepping stones to watershed governance – tools and priorities to gain greater influence and strengthen collaborations
- Global examples – lessons from elsewhere
Watersheds 2020 will also include opportunities for hands-on engagement through capacity-building workshops and field trips.