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POLIS Project on Ecological Governance

POLIS Project on Ecological Governance

 

The POLIS Project on Ecological Governance is a centre for research and action situated in the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria. POLIS was established in 2000 by the Eco-Research Chair of Environmental Law and Policy at the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada). POLIS is a place where academic and community researchers work with others to dismantle the notion of the environment as merely another sector, and to make ecological thinking and practice a core value and practice in all aspects of society. Among the many research centres investigating and promoting sustainability worldwide, POLIS is unique in its focus on transdisciplinary research, education and advocacy oriented to defining and cultivating ecological governance.

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  • Parfitt, Ben; Baltutis, Jesse; Brandes, Oliver M. (POLIS project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria & Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2012-11-01)
    British Columbia's water and water-derived energy resources are vital assets that show signs of being under increased stress across the province—the result of mounting pressures such as population growth, climate change, ...
  • Baltutis, Jesse; Shah, Timothy; Brandes, Oliver M.; Goucher, Nancy; Harford, Deborah; Sandford, Robert (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria & Adaptation to Climate Change Team, Simon Fraser University, 2012-05-01)
    Cross-Canada Checkup: A Canadian Perspective on Our Water Future offers a first-hand account of the state of fresh water across the country, and outlines the water challenges and priorities facing Canadians. It illustrates ...
  • Brandes, Oliver M.; Porter-Bopp, Susanne; Sandborn, Calvin; Brandes, Laura (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria & Environmental Law Centre, University of Victoria, 2011-10-01)
    This handbook outlines the problems with conventional stormwater management and examines solutions for moving toward sustainability. It provides a comprehensive blueprint that outlines the crucial steps necessary to change ...
  • Brandes, Oliver M.; Renzetti, Steven; Stinchcombe, Kirk (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria, 2010-05-01)
    Worth Every Penny: A Primer on Conservation-Oriented Water Pricing provides an overview of conservation-oriented water pricing for decision makers, water utilities and service providers in Canada. It explains how water ...
  • Maas, Carol (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria, 2010-04-01)
    POLIS' second report on the water-energy nexus offers Ontario’s first estimate of the large quantities of energy used to pump, treat and heat water and to generate steam. The study reveals that pumping and treating water ...
  • Maas, Carol (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria, 2009-03-01)
    Meeting Ontario’s commitment to slow the progression of climate change will take more than changing lightbulbs. It will require all sectors to diligently look for opportunities to reduce waste and increase efficiency. This ...
  • Brandes, Oliver M.; Nowlan, Linda; Paris, Katie (Conference Board of Canada, 2008-12-01)
    This report describes some of the key mechanisms available to allocate water in times of scarcity, with a particular focus on markets and market mechanisms. It highlights some of the advantages and disadvantages, as well ...
  • Brandes, Oliver M.; Curran, Deborah (Prepared for The Land Trust Alliance of BC. Victoria, Canada: POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria & Environmental Law Centre, University of Victoria., 2008-05-13)
    This water law report was prepared with the University of Victoria's Environmental Law Center for the Land Trust Alliance of BC. It explains the water management regime in British Columbia in the context of ecosystem health, ...
  • Brandes, Oliver M.; Brooks, David B. (Friends of the Earth Canada & POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria, 2007-08-01)
    The Soft Path for Water in a Nutshell provides an overview of the steps involved in soft path planning, illustrates how soft path planning differs from conventional supply-side management, and discusses the potential for ...
  • Morris, T.J.; Boyd, D.R.; Brandes, O.M.; Bruce, J.P.; Hudon, M.; Lucas, B.; Maas, T.; Nowlan, L.; Phare, M. (Gordon Water Group of Concerned Scientists and Citizens (Now FLOW), 2007-02-01)
    This report outlines the steps necessary to create an effective freshwater strategy in Canada, created by the Gordon Water Group of Concerned Scientists and Citizens (now FLOW). The Gordon Water Group was founded in part ...
  • Brandes, Oliver M.; Maas, Tony; Reynolds, Ellen (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria, 2006-10-01)
    Thinking Beyond Pipes and Pumps presents an expanded definition of urban water infrastructure—one that goes beyond the existing physical infrastructure of pipes, pumps and reservoirs. This new infrastructure includes ...
  • Brandes, Oliver M.; Ferguson, Keith; M'Gonigle, Michael; Sandborn, Calvin; Reynolds, Ellen (ed) (Polis Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria, 2005-05-01)
    This report focuses on the enabling environment that ensures holistic water management is institutionally embedded. Water is the strategic resource of the 21st century and Canada stands “at a watershed” in freshwater ...
  • Brandes, Oliver M.; Ferguson, Keith (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria, 2004-04-01)
    This report focuses on identifying benefits as well as the barriers to water demand-side management in Canada. The interconnected and interrelated nature of barriers creates a gridlock that resists the adoption of a ...
  • Brandes, Oliver M.; Ferguson, Keith (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria, 2003-08-01)
    The majority of Canadians live in large urban and regional centres, and municipal water use represents a significant portion (12 percent) of overall water withdrawals in Canada. Urban users in Canada use more than twice ...
  • Maas, Tony (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria, 2003-12-01)
    Urban water management poses many logistical and financial challenges in Canadian communities. By increasing water use efficiency, Demand Side Management can mitigate many of the impacts of human water use on overstretched ...
  • Wilkes, Brian; Collier, Jason; Brandes, Oliver M. (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria, 2013-03-01)
    This research survey summary is the first phase in a larger project to assess the needs and priorities of watershed-based groups in British Columbia. It inventories and identifies many of the groups that are currently ...
  • Parfitt, Ben (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria & Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2013-06-01)
    This report argues that the B.C. provincial government should safeguard the public interest by creating a robust, publicly accessible water-use database that covers all withdrawals from both surface and groundwater sources ...
  • Morris, Tim; Brandes, Oliver M. (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria & Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia, 2013-07-01)
    This report compiles the perspectives and opinions of a diverse mix of British Columbia’s water leaders; a survey was sent to over 230 water groups and interviews were conducted with 11 selected water champions. Based on ...
  • Brandes, Oliver; O'Riordan, Jon; O'Riordan, Tim; Brandes, Laura (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, 2014-01)
    This report focuses on current water governance issues in British Columbia and offers a path forward for how the Province could transform its current approaches to decision-making to ensure a more sustainable and resilient ...
  • Christensen, Randy; Brandes, Oliver (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria/Ecojustice, 2015-06)
    British Columbia can learn valuable lessons from California’s extreme drought and recent groundwater law reforms as it drafts its own groundwater regulations under the new B.C. Water Sustainability Act. This report analyzes ...

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