Water Forum

National Forum Brings Together Water Researchers & Watershed Representatives

On August 9-10, 2012, the University of Alberta's Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities (ACSRC) hosted the "Integrating Water Innovation Forum" at the Norsemen Inn, in Camrose, Alberta. This two day event brought together researchers, policy actors and representatives from watersheds across Canada to help bring greater clarity and collaborative capacity to those engaged in watershed management and policy in light of the ever increasingly challenges and complexities they face in their work. Over the course of the forum participants discussed multiple themes (integration, policy, scale, resilience, & intersecotral action) of water policy and watershed management.

The forum was structured around a series of consecutive plenary sessions modeled on "dialogue circles." The purpose of these circles was to foster connectivity, sharing and form inter-personal, inter-organizational, and inter-regional integration itself. Each theme's discussion began with two to three complementary presentations. The first was from the academic or research community. This was then followed by a presentation(s) from representatives speaking on behalf of a watershed organization. Following these presentations, facilitated dialogue circles encouraged participants to have open and deliberative engagement with the questions, issues and practices raised by the presentations.

This event was both provincial and national in scope as it brought together participants from across the province of Alberta (including representatives from seven of Alberta's eleven Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils) and from across Canada (including presenters from British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Nova Scotia).

The forum was supported by a steering committee of faculty and staff from the Augustana campus of the University of Alberta and the University of Northern British Columbia. Financial support has been provided by a 2012 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant, as well as from the ACSRC and University of Alberta.

There will be multiple outputs generated from the event, including web-based and policy oriented materials, as well as workshop proceedings including a final report.

For more information on the event, please contact the ACSRC (ph) 780-679-1672 or (email) acsrc@ualberta.ca

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