A Handbook for Water Champions: Strengthening Decision-Making and Collaboration for Healthy Watersheds
Author(s): Natasha Overduin, Tim Morris, Rosie Simms, Jennifer Archer, Oliver M. Brandes, Sutton Eaves
“Watershed governance is about ensuring local voices and concerns shape decision-making. It’s about ensuring Indigenous jurisdiction is exercised, in coordination with other jurisdictions,” said Natasha Overduin (Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources & POLIS), lead author of the new handbook. “When it’s done right, watershed governance can help resolve water problems and conflicts, like a scarcity of water for both human and ecological needs, or water quality degradation resulting from activities on the land.” Despite an abundance of ideas about what is needed to improve water decision-making in B.C., few resources exist to provide practical assistance to existing watershed initiatives. This handbook addresses this gap. “The handbook is designed to help advance skills and knowledge about increasing the impact of local organizations, communities, and governments to make meaningful progress on watershed governance from a ground-up perspective,” said Natasha. “We imagine the handbook will be particularly useful for coordinators and project managers. It offers practical guidance on how to work with different partners, as well as the steps needed to build effective collaborative watershed initiatives.”
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