OLIVER M. BRANDES & TIM MORRIS, with JENNIFER ARCHER, LAURA BRANDES, MICHELE-LEE MOORE, JON O’RIORDAN, and NATASHA OVERDUIN
In British Columbia, addressing freshwater challenges is a critical economic, social and ecological priority. The historic drought of 2015 depleted reservoirs, dried up streams, and resulted in severe water use restrictions in many regions of the province. Along with more frequent and costly floods, these types of extreme events are becoming more extreme and more common. At the same time, competition for access to our most precious resource is rapidly increasing, driving conflict and public concern. As B.C. awakens to its new water reality, the link between sustainable management and how decisions are made —governance—is gaining public attention. Growing recognition exists that current decision-making processes are not working, and that ensuring clean, flowing fresh water today and for the future requires a bold shift towards new forms of governance at the watershed scale.
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