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NSERC CONNECT Workshop on environmental flows in Canada held in Montreal, Quebec, January 31 to February 1, 2018: Abstracts and proceedings.


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Kidd, Jessica; St-Hilaire, André; Caissie, Daniel; Monk, Wendy A. et Van Den Heuvel, Michael R. (2018). NSERC CONNECT Workshop on environmental flows in Canada held in Montreal, Quebec, January 31 to February 1, 2018: Abstracts and proceedings. [Livre]

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According to the Brisbane Declaration (2007), Environmental flows (E-Flows) are “the quantity, timing, and quality of water flows required to sustain freshwater and estuarine ecosystems, and the human livelihoods and well-being that depend on these ecosystems”. E-Flows are an important component of sustainable water management frameworks. Numerous methods and models exist to estimate E-Flows needs. However, significant knowledge gaps remain. To help fill these knowledge gaps, a workshop was convened to bring together E-Flows experts representing various sectors from across the country and internationally to provide the base for a national research network focused on E-Flows research. The workshop brought together 42 academic researchers and representatives from federal and provincial governments, non-government organizations, Canadian water users, and the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources. The information gathered in the workshop is providing the critical foundation for an application for a NSERC Strategic Partnership Grant for Networks proposal. A national E-Flows research network will formalize idea exchange and collaboration opportunities, and be a key tool for Canada's water resources management community, as well as for Canadian water users. A series of presentations highlighted the history of E-Flowsresearch, current methodologies, and water users, indigenous, and regional perspectives in implementing the use of E-Flows in resource management, and identified current E-Flows research priorities. Breakout sessions enabled all workshop participants to contribute their knowledge of E-Flows, discuss research priorities, and help design the future E-Flows research network. Subsequently, a working group convened to discuss the steps forward to create the national E-Flows research network. The working group will guide and further develop the national network based on the discussions and priorities identified during the workshop. The objective of the network is to enable a transformation from concepts to E-Flows practice by identifying and validating ecological and social responses to managed flows, and how to achieve these flows while maximising the economic, social and cultural benefits from water. Outcomes of this research network (i.e. knowledge, tools, methods, highly qualified personnel) will make a significant contribution to national, provincial, and territorial ecosystem-based water management planning. This brief report highlights key conclusions from the workshop and documents the priority recommendations put forth by the participants.

Type de document: Livre
Mots-clés libres: environmental flows; sustainable water management frameworks; rivers; e-flows;
Centre: Centre Eau Terre Environnement
Date de dépôt: 22 oct. 2018 13:28
Dernière modification: 22 oct. 2018 13:28
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/7687

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