We are pleased to present the WATERMARKS report, which provides an overview of the work done by the Program on Water Issues since 2001. Download the report here.
Since its founding in 2001, the Program on Water Issues (POWI) at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto has provided opportunities for members of the private, public, academic, and not-‐for-‐profit sectors to join in collaborative research, dialogue, and education on water issues. The Program is dedicated to giving voice to those who would bring transparency and breadth of knowledge to the understanding and protection of Canada’s valuable water resources. POWI does this by providing the public with analysis, information, and opinion on a range of important and emerging water issues in a neutral university setting. Its location within the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto provides the Program with access to rich analytic resources, state-‐of-‐the-‐art information technology, and international expertise.
When the Program on Water Issues turned ten, we asked some of the stakeholders who have been involved in our projects for an assessment of how we are doing. Here is a selection of what they said:
For the last decade, the Munk Program on Water Issues has consistently made a valuable contribution to the public debate about Canada’s freshwater resources, by leading and encouraging rigorous, objective and focused research and creating a public forum in which different points of view are debated and perspectives are enriched.
Scott Vaughan, Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development,
Office of the Auditor General of Canada
We have worked on several events with the Program on Water Issues and the University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs; they been a valuable resource in providing a space for open discussion of important continental water issues in a professional academic setting.
Scott Walker, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate General Toronto
POWI can be relied upon to provide relevant, authoritative research on Canadian water issues, including Great Lakes issues. You consistently bring the best minds to the discussion table.
Gord Miller, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
The Munk School’s Program on Water Issues is one of the leading forums for the investigation and analysis of the critical issues regarding water in Canada and North America. POWI’s high-level and provocative discussions of water have raised awareness of the important role water plays in politics, in our lives, and in international relations.
David Biette, Director, Canada Institute,
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars