Register NOW for Early Bird Rate: GroundSwell: Conference on Groundwater Innovation with Alexandra Cousteau
Dates: June 16th-18th, 2014, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Register by January 31, 2014 for Early Bird Rate, and a chance to win a copy of Groundwater for the 21st Century: A Primer for Citizens of Planet Earth, by John A. Conners
Alexandra Cousteau is the keynote speaker for the conference. Cousteau is no stranger to Canadian water resource issues. In 2010 Cousteau toured Canada for Blue Legacy, the global water advocacy organization she founded in 2008 to “empower people to reclaim and restore the world’s water, one community at a time”. The tour introduced Cousteau to a variety of issues ranging from the impact of extractive industries such as mining and oil sands development on watersheds and Canada's multi-layered and complex multi-jurisdictional water management systems. She is a global advocate for bringing clear governance to multi-jurisdictional water-management systems and in Canada is the RBC Blue Water Ambassador.
"Water has to be declared a public trust, especially surface water and groundwater,” Cousteau says. “It has got to be managed, regulated and financed by public systems that are accountable to communities.”
Via Blue Legacy, Cousteau puts global water issues at centre stage through education, film-making and social media projects:
“We live in a world of watersheds and we’ve forgotten that. The problems that I’ve seen around the world all stem from this lack of a watershed-first perspective,” says Cousteau.
Join Alexandra Cousteau and other interested in protecting groundwater, enhancing watersheds and improving governance at GroundSwell: Conference on Groundwater Innovation.
Our aim: to create shared value for groundwater communities, researchers and technical innovators.
Our goal: to encourage learning, collaboration, and identification of new opportunities for groundwater innovation across sectors.
Our participants: groundwater experts, accomplished scientists, researchers, practitioners, private sector suppliers, students, policy-makers from all levels of government and representatives from indigenous and rural communities.
1. Social and Governance Innovations – including ways that people have been innovative in cross-community collaboration for water management, policies, and regulations, and lessons from First Nations and rural communities
2. Technological Innovations – showcasing innovative technology and processes both large and small
3. Ecosystem Resilience Innovations – understanding surface water, ground water interactions, sources and movement of contaminants and adapting to the uncertainty of climate change with limited resources require innovative approaches and are critical to long term resilience of communities
Contact the Conference Organizers - Nichole Fraser MacDonald at Shared Value Solutions:
226 7096-8888 x 104