Watersheds 2018: Planning for Success: New thinking for land use and water governance

January 1 - June 30, 2018

Online Events & In-Person Events in Victoria, B.C.

Watersheds 2018, “Planning for Success: New thinking for land use and water governance” was a bundle of seven freshwater-focused events convened virtually and in-person on the traditional territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən, Songhees, Esquimalt, and W̱SÁNEĆ first nations in Victoria, British Columbia between January and June, 2018. 

For the first time, Watersheds 2018 was organized as a series of in-person and virtual events, framed by a focus on “planning for success,” water-centric land use, and building robust and innovative partnerships. All together, the events convened 22 diverse speakers and over 780 water champions, practitioners, academics, and representatives from all levels of government: federal, Indigenous, provincial, and local. Watersheds 2018 highlighted examples of water-centric planning and collaborative water governance initiatives underway in B.C. Experts in Indigenous law, water planning and management, and community watershed champions offered perspectives and examples of changes experienced on-the-ground (and in the water), and identified the solutions and partnerships being created in response.


Watersheds 2018 “Planning for Success: New Thinking for Land Use & Water Governance” showcased existing watershed governance initiatives and offered opportunities for discussion about emerging issues related to water-centric land use planning and building robust and innovative partnerships.