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Offer: The International Watersheds Initiative: Implementing a New Paradigm

Please join the Woodrow Wilson Center's Canada Institute and
Environmental Change and Security Program for a discussion of

The International Watersheds Initiative: Implementing a New Paradigm
for Transboundary Basins


Charles Lawson, Secretary, U.S. Section, International Joint
Willem Brakel, Senior Advisor, International Joint Commission

Thursday, July 23, 2009
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
5th Floor Conference Room
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004 USA

In the 100 years since its establishment in 1909, the International
Joint Commission (IJC) has sought innovative ways of fulfilling its
mandate to prevent and resolve water disputes between Canada and the
United States.

To this end, the IJC has developed and begun implementing its
International Watersheds Initiative (IWI) over the past decade. The IWI
was created on the premise that water resource and environmental
problems can be anticipated, prevented, or resolved at the local level.
Rather than simply measuring the quantity or quality of border lakes and
rivers in isolation, the IWI promotes an integrated ecosystem approach
to watershed preservation that acknowledges the complex
interrelationships in the entire watershed.

Please join the Canada Institute and the Environmental Change and
Security Program for a presentation and discussion on the findings of
the IJC’s Third Report to Governments on the International Watershed
Initiative. This report on the IWI summarizes accomplishments and
progress made in building local capacity for implementing a watershed
approach along the international boundary. It also outlines the
Commission’s thinking on the future direction of the IWI, with
recommended next steps.

If you are interested, but unable to attend the event, please tune into
the live or archived webcast at The live webcast
will begin approximately 10 minutes after the posted meeting time. You
will need Windows Media Player to watch the webcast. To download the
free player, visit:

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