Indigenous water co-governance as a way to address climate change

The Cowichan Watershed Board (CWB), established following the 2007 summer drought in the Cowichan Valley, British Columbia, is admired for its governance model. The board is led by officials from Cowichan Tribes and the Cowichan Valley Regional District. This partnership recognizes Indigenous rights and works toward reconciliation while protecting this remarkable watershed. Though the CWB does not hold statutory decision-making power, it does endorse important watershed targets, including ensuring water quantity and quality, protecting habitats, and keeping the fish population sustainable. It is an example of inspired leadership in water management.

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