POLIS Foundation

To conduct research on effective ways for water funders to coordinate their work on community-driven watershed protection in BC.

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State of the Water Movement Report

Freshwater sustainability is vital to healthy communities and natural environments, and is one of the Real Estate Foundation's grant program focus areas. In September 2012 we co-published a report with the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria indicating that British Columbia could become a global leader in freshwater protection and sustainability.

"The State of the Water Movement in British Columbia: A Waterscape Scan & Needs Assessment of the BC NGO Sector" compiled data from interviews with 11 freshwater leaders and an online survey completed by 61 non-governmental organizations working on water issues across BC.

Authors Tim Morris and Oliver Brandes found that addressing watershed priorities at both provincial and regional levels will be key to sustaining improvements in freshwater governance, planning and management.

Major issues identified in the report include modernizing the century-old BC Water Act; addressing climate change impacts; and formally recognizing First Nations water rights and shared decision-making.