Protect the Mackenzie River: Int’l experts meet in Vancouver

The Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy, based in California, has partnered with Canada’s Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation, in a policy workshop presently going on in Vancouver (Simon Fraser University) regarding the Mackenzie River Basin in northern Canada.

Several news reports have backgrounders and interviews: Ottawa Citizen, The Globe and Mail, Triple Pundit, The Tyee (a favorite site of mine and the place where I grabbed the cool pic) and the Vancouver Sun.

The Mackenzie is a critical site for energy development, now being called the “Amazon of the North” both for its size and the way its cool waters moderate Arctic temperatures, so I’ll be watching the outcomes of this closely and will post an analysis of the final report when it appears. It will also be interesting to be in Northern Canada so soon after, since the Keepers of the Water is just a few weeks away.

The conference runs until tomorrow, Septmeber 7, so there should be additional media content appearing in major dailies and environmental outlets.


  1. […] flows north into the Arctic Ocean. Reuters reports on the need of better protection for Canada’s Mackenzie River basin. The mighty river is the second largest river system in North America. Did you know it […]

  2. […] looking forward to this book, especially because the Rosenberg Policy Forum should have its report on the Mackenzie River Basin any day […]

  3. […] Mackenzie River Basin – the Amazon of the North. There was some press coverage I linked to here and the promise of a report, which was released two days ago and can be downloaded here […]

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