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Keepers Accord


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This is a presentation made by David Marshall for Keepers of the Water VI in Fort Nelson, BC. He is Executive Director of the Fraser Basin Council.

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Keepers Accord

  1. 1. Thinking Like a WatershedKeepers of the Water VI – September 2012
  2. 2. Key Issues to Address• Jurisdictional fragmentation and conflicting mandates in water management across the country• Need for coordination and a common framework for decision- making• Consistent data and models to address growing risks of surface and groundwater depletion• Focus on effective adaptation to current and future climate-related stresses on water• Public awareness of limitations on water availability and the need for conservation and careful management
  3. 3. What is Collaborative Water Governance?• Collaborative water governance may be broadly defined as the involvement of non-state actors in decision-making for water management• Delegation by government of water governance to a council, committee, or basin organization• Involves multiple agencies and organizations (greater participation by a wide variety of non-state actors)• Use collaboration, dialogue and consensus to inform decision-making (also involves trust-building) (Nowlan, Bakker)
  4. 4. Principles of EffectiveCollaboration• Transparency and accountability• Equity and inclusiveness• Effectiveness and efficiency• Responsiveness• Collaborative decision-making
  5. 5. Collaborative Water and Watershed PlanningWho are the Participants / Stakeholders?• Those with jurisdictional authority and management responsibilities: – All orders of government (Provincial, Federal, First Nations, Local (municipalities and regional districts) – Water suppliers• Those with title, rights and interests: – Aboriginal title and rights – Water licensees / water use “sectors” such as agriculture, recreation – Water and watershed stewards
  6. 6. Collaborative Water and Watershed PlanningWho are the Participants / Stakeholders? • Water users / in stream flows for fish and aquatic ecosystems • Those who may impact or influence water and watershed health – Users of other watershed resources (land, forests, minerals, etc.) – Sources of pressures on water quantity, quality and watershed health
  7. 7. Why is Water / Watershed Planning,Management and Governance Important? We need planning, management and governance arrangements to effectively manage water and watersheds, including: • Managing the use and allocation of water • Resolving conflicts among diverse interests • Mitigating pressures on water from diverse sources
  8. 8. Water and Watershed Planning Guide - Project ObjectivesThe purpose of this guide is to help communities, stakeholders, organizations and individuals:• Understand the value of water and watershed planning• Navigate through the web of current and emerging water issues• Understand the range of planning options that are available in BC• Build capacity to develop and implement plans that will strengthen watershed health, community resilience and sustainability
  9. 9. Collaborative Watershed Governance Initiative• FBC is helping to bring together BC’s watershed users (e.g., loggers, farmers, ranchers, miners, developers) and the four orders of government• Tackling the question: How can we achieve the sustainability of watersheds for the benefit of diverse users and ecosystem integrity?• This group will look at new and better ways to collaborate on watershed management and look at current initiatives
  10. 10. CWGI Draft Accord: Guiding Principles for Watersheds• Existing agreements, rights and obligations will be respected• Ecological, social and economic considerations will be integral parts of decision-making• Transparency, accountability and inclusivity are essential for effective watershed governance• Effective working relationships will be developed and maintained through trust and cooperation• Decisions will be based on the best available information, both traditional and scientific