Archive for March, 2011

World Water Week 2011

Thanks to everyone who came out to show their support and celebrate water this week for both on campus and off campus events.  This year we had the most student and community participation than ever before. World Water Week 2011 was another fabulous success.

World Water Day Opening Ceremonies
Please join us for the many fun and exciting events planned for opening ceremonies on Tuesday March 22nd at 12-1:30pm in the UBCO Courtyard. There will be a drum procession, musical performances, speeches by dignitaries, slam poetry as well as poster displays and art installations. The Student Union will also be having a free BBQ and giving away over a thousand water bottles. Several booths will be set up by community members, UBCO course unions and other campus departments.

Dr. Oliver Brandes on Watershed Governance

Dr. Oliver Brandes will give a public talk from 2:00 – 3:30 pm, in LIB 312, immediately after the Opening Ceremonies. Dr. Brandes is Associate Director of the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria, and Director of the POLIS Water Sustainability Initiative.  The title of his talk is: Setting a New Course – Towards Watershed Governance in British Columbia. The full abstract for his talk can be found below.

Please note that his talk has been moved to LIB 312 and will not be held in LIB 305 as first announced.

World Water Week – Panel Discussion

Hi everyone,

We are two weeks away from our world water day panel discussion and everything is coming together nicely. This year’s discussion is being held at the Bohemian Cafe (524 Bernard Av.) on Tuesday, March 22nd. Agenda below.

The panel discussion topic is: Water in an urbanized world: Water, food, land and people in the Okanagan.

The panel members include:

· Oliver Brandes, Polis Institute

· John Janmaat, UBC Okanagan

· Toby Pike, SEKID

· Domenic Rampone, local farmer

· John Wagner, UBC Okanagan

· Anna Warwick Sears, OBWB


5:00 introductions and welcomes

5:15 introductory ideas from panel members (3 minutes max)

5:35 facilitated discussion with roundtable participants

6:00 public questions & answers

6:25 wrap-up / thank you / networking

Each panel member will provide introductory comments. Panel members will then have an opportunity to comment and ask questions of other panel members. After the panel members have an opportunity to explore their ideas, we’ll take questions from the floor. If the crowd is small enough the facilitated table discussion and public q&a session can be combined.

I’m looking forward to a good evening of discussion around a range of ideas about Okanagan water in an urban(izing) world.


Nelson R. Jatel,
Okanagan Basin Waterboard
Water Stewardship Director

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