The Future of Water Law and Governance

“Ninety-three percent of Canadians agree that water is our most precious resource. But it isn’t reflected in many of our policies or laws”

Oliver Brandes
Oliver Brandes, an economist and lawyer, co-directs the University of Victoria’s Polis Project on Ecological Governance and leads the Polis Water Sustainability Project, where he focuses on resource management, policy development, and ecologically based reform. He is a founding member of the Forum for Leadership on Water, which he currently co-chairs, and the leadership team of Convening for Action on Vancouver Island. In 2009, he helped write Making the Most of the Water We Have, about the first international water-soft-path study. In 2012, he co-developed and taught BC’s first water-law course, at the University of Victoria.