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Posted: July 31, 2018

siwlk (water) for all - our responsibility. Environmental Flow Needs Conference 2018: Science, Policy & Practice

Okanagan Basin Water Board & Canadian Water Resource Association
Environmental Flow Needs (EFN) Conference: Science, Policy & Practice
Why should local government politicians, senior management and staff attend this EFN conference?
Environmental flows (in local rivers/creaks/streams) are critical to maintaining healthy freshwater ecosystems, particularly in light of a changing climate and competing demands on water.
Join us this October 17-18 in Kelowna to explore various aspects of environmental flows, including EFNs for fish and aquatic ecosystems, economic and cultural values, current regulatory and policy frameworks for protecting and reconciling, lessons learned and challenges and opportunities.
Healthy freshwater ecosystems are natural assets that not only provide amazing recreational opportunities but also contribute to improving air quality, carbon storage and decreasing flooding risks. Municipalities across Canada are interested in enhancing local natural freshwater assets through engagement and partnerships with other government agencies, First Nations and general public in activities, such as habitat restoration and/or naturalization and rehabilitation of streams and wetlands.
The Conference is an excellent opportunity for local governments (politicians, senior management, and planning/environmental staff) to explore first-hand some of the latest science about EFNs, including recent collaborative work in the Okanagan and across North America. The interactive nature of this conference allows participants to engage in discussion with experts and community members on several topics that are critical to understanding EFN issues and learn about robust policies and practices.
Understanding the various perspectives and values attached to freshwater is important for preserving British Columbia local government’s historical and cultural integrity. Maintaining healthy freshwater ecosystems can help improve the quality of life for local residents, increase region’s attractiveness for visitors and enhance natural capital along with its accompanying life-supporting services and other essential benefits.
Hosted on the unceded territory of the traditional Syilx people, the indigenous context of this conference will enable sharing and blending a diversity of viewpoints. For local governments, the conference can offers a number of opportunities, including strong science to support decision-making and planning and possibility to form workable. 
For more sponsorship or registration information visit: www.efn2018.ca.
Nelson Jatel
(250) 469.6295
www.obwb.ca | (www.efn2018.ca)

Date: October 17 - 18, 2018
Event Type: Conference
Location: Kelowna, BC
Region: Okanagan Valley / Similkameen
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