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Future of Water Workshop Series, July 4-6    Fri Jul 4 to Sun Jul 6, 2008, Victoria, BC

The Future of Water Workshop Series 2008
Engaging Youth on Urban Water Issues in Victoria, British Columbia
Whole System-Whole City Change:A Watercentric View Of Sustainability
Residential Workshop July 4th-6th, 2008

Hosted and organised by Waterlution - A Water Learning Experience
and the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance
with Susanne Porter-Bopp, Waterlution Associate and Community Water Coordinator at POLIS
Eric Bonham, BC Water and Waste Association
Bob Sandford, Chair of the UN Water for Life Decade Initiative
Oliver M Brandes, Water Sustainability Project Leader and POLIS Project Associate Director
Liam Edwards, Gorge Waterway Initiative and Ministry of Community Services
Karen Kun, Director, Waterlution - A Water Learning Experience

Purpose of the Program
The Future of Water is a two and a half day residential workshop that engages Canadian youth in dialogue surrounding current water issues in British Columbia. This workshop is the first in a series of Future of Water Workshops to be held in British Columbia in 2008. The purpose of this workshop is to develop future leaders in water resource management and related fields.

The July 4th-6th workshop Whole System-Whole City Change: A Watercentric View of Sustainability will focus specifically on urban water issues in Victoria. Land use decisions determine water use and watershed health now and in the future and have cumulative effects that complicate policy making. To appease increasing water demands, water managers are forced to find new water sources or increase demand on increasing sources. This in turn contributes to the cycle of over-built infrastructure for water delivery, wastewater treatment and stormwater management. This workshop will explore the effect of municipal development decisions on local watersheds. How can we promote water sensitive design? How can we work towards requiring that all land use decisions be assessed for watershed impacts?

The workshop will be held at the Glenairley Centre for Earth and Spirit in Sooke with field trips around Victoria. Participants will be expected to stay overnight at Glenairley July 4th and 5th (accommodation provided by Waterlution).

Who Should Apply
There is space for 20 individuals between the ages of 20-35 to participate in the workshop. In an effort to foster broad dialogue, we are looking for applicants representing the public, private, academic and NGO sectors.

How to Apply
If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please submit a one-page application letter describing your interest in attending the workshop. A CV may be included but is not required.
In your application letter, please highlight: why you are interested in learning about urban water issues; what potential you see in inter-sectoral dialogue; and what background you will bring to the discussion.
Please submit your application to Susanne Porter-Bopp, Waterlution Associate - water (at) by JUNE 16, 2008.

Cost of Participation
Participants accepted into the workshop are required to pay a $40 participation fee. Aside from this fee, there are no additional costs to participants during the residential workshop period related to accommodation, meals or field trips. All participation fee cheques should be made payable to Waterlution A Water Learning Experience. Only with receipt of this cheque is your space confirmed. Applicants who cannot afford this fee should make note of this in their applications. Waterlution supports outstanding individuals and cost will not be a barrier to participation.


For more information:

Contact Name: Susanne Porter-Bopp
Phone: (250) 472-4487
E-mail: water (at)

Additional Contacts & Websites:

POLIS Project on Ecological Governance
Waterlution - A Water Learning Experience

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