Watersheds 2016: Building Capacity for Collaboration and Watershed Governance in British Columbia

September 30 - October 1, 2016

SFU Harbour Centre & Wosk Centre For Dialogue
Vancouver, B.C.

Working together for watersheds was the foundational theme for Watersheds 2016. Deceptively simple, it reflects both the great challenges and tremendous opportunities facing citizens, communities, and governments, as they grapple with increasing changes and challenges in their home watersheds. The conversations at Watersheds 2016 took place within the context of accelerating climate change and increasing water pressures and demands, and the collective understanding that urgent change is needed in how we manage our relationships with water—and with each other. Three watershed field trips—with staff from Evergreen and Metro Vancouver—and a workshop on water ethics and cross-cultural values, kick-started the one-and-a-half day forum. Feature plenaries explored collaborative watershed governance and Indigenous water planning, interspersed with “hands on” and “big ideas” breakouts on topics including sustainable funding, national water issues and opportunities, and environmental flows and communities.