Collaborative Watershed Governance Accord
A new collaborative watershed governance initiative is underway. The vision is for leaders in multiple sectors to work together for the effective, sustainable management of BC’s watersheds.
The flagship project is a proposed new Collaborative Watershed Governance Accord. The accord sets out basic principles to encourage collaboration among all those who have responsibilities for BC watersheds and those actively involved in use of natural resources within watersheds.
The accord now has support of the Union of BC Municipalities, First Nations Summit, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, BC Assembly of First Nations, Clean Energy BC, Council of Forest Industries, BC Agriculture Council and two federal departments: Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Environment Canada.
The Province of BC and Mining Association of BC have the proposal under review.
The accord is intended as a high-level document. It does not prescribe a particular model of collaboration or change the regulatory responsibilities of governments.
The Fraser Basin Council, Pacific Salmon Foundation and BC Conservation Foundation have facilitated development of the accord. The BC Living Rivers Trust Fund has provided funding for this work.