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  • Blue Economy Initiative | HEALTHY WATERS, A PROSPEROUS FUTURE
    in water sustainability Learn more Blue Economy Initiative Report Better by the Drop Revealing the value of water in Canadian agriculture June 2013 This new Blue Economy Initiative report looks at Canada s opportunity to increase its agricultural output while ensuring the long term sustainability of our fresh water resources This report recommends implementing strategies typically associated with the world of finance leverage maximizing the READ MORE VISIT THE LIBRARY

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  • Guiding Framework | Blue Economy Initiative
    clear economic benefits that could be realized if we manage water astutely Mission Our mission is to catalyze well informed water management decisions policies and practices that ensure maximum social environmental and economic benefits to current and future generations Goals Our main area of focus is to build the business case for water sustainability Our goals are to create and disseminate feature reports and case studies on economic aspects of water management and decision making value benefits risks in order to Strengthen the national understanding of the VALUE of water to the economy by supporting and promoting awareness of water s many values and advocate for better accounting of water s specific contribution to our economy Illuminate the opportunities BENEFITS and means for sustainable water management This includes avoidance of risk improvements to overall efficiency and productivity as well as accounting for the energy financial and environmental co benefits of using less water We intend to advocate for the global Blue Economy that recognizes all economic development should be pursued within a water sustainability framework We also seek to enable Canada to create blue jobs through innovation in the water and wastewater services and technologies sector Create broader awareness of

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  • Blue Economy Initiative | HEALTHY WATERS, A PROSPEROUS FUTURE
    SOLUTIONS COUNTRY Defining the Opportunities By David Crane Learn more Water and Agriculture BETTER BY THE DROP Revealing the value of water in Canadian agriculture By Hanspeter Schreier and Chris Wood Learn more BEI s third project focused on opportunities to invest in agriculture production in a thoughtful way to ensure water is managed and allocated sustainably The report hightlights Canada s opportunties to increase food and agriculture production while ensuring our water resources are sustainably managed with the help of virtual water and water footprinting tools An event was held in July 2013 to develop actionable priority areas and next steps The world faces unprecedented food shortages as global demand for nutrition is set to double by 2050 Canada is one of very few countries that can expand its agricultural exports in a significant way This presents our nation with a major economic opportunity and a significant responsibility To capitalize on this opportunity and help feed the world we must invest in our agri food sector in an intentional responsible and effective way recognizing fresh water as an essential input in agricultural production Without water thare are no crops no livestock and no agri food industry Feature Report BETTER BY THE DROP Revealing the value of water in Canadian agriculture By Hanspeter Schreier and Chris Wood Learn More Value of Water RUNNING THROUGH OUR FINGERS How Canada Fails to Capture the Value of Its Top Asset By Steven Renzetti Diane P Dupont and Chris Wood Learn more Running Through Our Fingers is an attempt by two of Canada s best environmental economists and an award winning journalist to revisit economist Andrew Muller s 1985 analysis of the value of water s contribution to the Canadian economy Canadians consistently rank water as this country s most important asset Climate change

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  • Blue City: | Blue Economy Initiative
    the City is an idea that is emerging and well within reach for most communities It is not a utopian fantasy The elements that make the City exemplary are occurring in real places across Canada and around the world The City described herein combines these characteristics into a single fictional location and in so doing demonstrates an end state towards which real cities can aspire It is what any place could look like if water really mattered This report is intended to help practitioners and decision makers build a business case for advanced and integrated water management The content is based on interviews with 17 subject matter experts and thought leaders Together they defined a common vision shared innovations in their unique and diverse disciplines and suggested cross cutting business case considerations These three themes form the core sections of this report A Vision of the Water Sustainable City Since the City is an amalgamation of various aspects of real cities it is easy to imagine its physical attributes social relationships and cultural norms Three components frame this vision Water is visible and valued A culture of conservation exists Responsibility is shared Digging Deeper Essential Innovations in the Water Sustainable City Based on innovations in their fields the interviewees identified four broad areas where tangible progress towards sustainability could be made Financial Responsibility Progressive Regulation and Governance Customer Oriented Information Cutting Edge Technology Pitching Change Making the Business Case To attain these outcomes and innovations an argument for creating change must be made Although each business case inevitably will be unique there are several cross cutting considerations A successful business case is framed around the pain points the City is facing Each case clearly identifies the value created for customers and the City Long term financial models are necessary for

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  • Library | Blue Economy Initiative
    wide By American Rivers American Society of Landscape Architects ECONorthwest Water Environment Federation 2012 This report focuses on the economic impacts caused by polluted urban runoff also known as stormwater a significantly growing source of water pollution in the United States Download Complete Report 7 2MB Resource Green Cities Great Lakes Using green infrastructure to reduce combined sewer overflows By Ecojustice 2008 This investigative report highlights innovative green solutions that could stop billions of litres of raw sewage from fouling the Great Lakes each year Download Complete Report 2 4MB Resource Clean Water Green Jobs A Stimulus Package for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investments By Forum for Leadership on Water FLOW in partnership with the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association Alliance for Water Efficiency and POLIS Water Sustainability Project 2008 This report makes the case that government spending on sustainable water infrastructure can stimulate the economy and create jobs The plan focuses on repairing and renewing existing water infrastructure restoring green infrastructure and conserving water and energy Download Complete Report 0 4MB Resource One Water Supporting Watershed Management and Green Infrastructure in Ontario Policy By Ontario Water Conservation Alliance 2010 This report documents how green infrastructure when managed at the watershed scale can ensure sustainable water resources for current and future generations of Ontarians Download Complete Report 0 5MB Resource Water Works Rebuilding Infrastructure Creating Jobs Greening the Environment By Green for All in partnership with American Rivers Pacific Institute and the Economic Policy Institute 2011 This report considers the benefits of an investment of 188 4 billion in water infrastructure the amount the U S Environmental Protection Agency indicates would be required to manage stormwater and preserve water quality Download Complete Report 16 4MB Governance and Policy Resource Water Security A Primer By the Program on Water Governance 2010 This policy primer was developed as a tool for Improved Water Governance for Watersheds The purpose of the primer is to explain the concept of water security and illustrate how it can be put to use in Canada Download Complete Report 0 7MB Resource Changing Currents Water Sustainability and the Future of Canada s Natural Resource Sectors By the National Roundtable on Environment and Economy NRTEE 2010 With development of the natural resource sectors on the rise this NRTEE report considers whether Canada has enough water to support economic growth while maintaining the health of our country s ecosystems Download Complete Report 5 2MB Resource The Water Opportunity for Ontario By BLOOM and XPV Capital 2010 This report prepared in collaboration with several key organizations provides a compelling vision and a road map intended to enable Ontario to become a leader in innovative technologies and sustainable water solutions Download Complete Report 0 8MB Resource Wave of the Future Water Policy in Western Canada By Canada West Foundation 2011 With increasing food and energy prices a growing world population and the potential effects of climate change water and how it is managed is more important than ever Download Complete Report 1 2MB

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  • Blue Economy Initiative | HEALTHY WATERS, A PROSPEROUS FUTURE
    January 27 2014 WATERLOO ON January 27 2014 Canada faces an estimated cost of 88 billion water and wastewater infrastructure deficit and this estimate is expected to grow under a business as usual approach Read more Canada needs innovative water strategies to capitalize on global food demand June 26 2013 Global demand for food is expected to double by 2050 and Canada is one of five countries with the capacity to expand its agricultural exports in a significant way The Blue Economy Initiative BEI has released a new report Better by the Drop Revealing the value of water in Canadian agriculture authored by Hans Schreier and Chris Wood The report discusses Canada s opportunity to increase agricultural output in order to meet growing demand for food and highlights the need to ensure the long term sustainability of Canada s fresh water supply Read more Does Canada have what it takes to become a global water leader If the answer is yes what do we do next March 21 2013 The Blue Economy Initiative released the paper Canada as the Water Solutions Country Defining the Opportunities during Canadian Water Network s national conference Connecting Water Resources 2013 Changing the Water Paradigm in Ottawa today A key theme of the conference explored Canada s role in building a global blue economy The paper frames a national conversation around the opportunities and benefits of Canada s potential to become a global leader in water innovation and sustainability Read more Wastewater Win Win An unlikely resource could cut costs for industry and have municipalities seeing dollar signs October 25 2012 How do you turn a Gold Bar into a gold mine The City of Edmonton saw opportunity in offering industry an unlikely treasure its municipal wastewater Read more The Perfect Storm Furious storms and more frequent flooding are causing water damage insurance claims to skyrocket How can cash strapped municipalities compensate for insufficient infrastructure The answer may be easier and cheaper than you think September 14 2012 Climate change isn t cheap and Canada knows it With governments spending close to 1 billion on flood fighting and victim compensation severe spring flooding in the Prairie region took the top spot in Environment Canada s 2011 list of top weather stories Two years ago Hurricane Igor hit Newfoundland with 200 millimetres Read more News Archive Other related news Strategic steps for a more competitive water sector lead the way to global opportunities May 22 2013 By David Crane Published in May June 2013 Issue of Water Canada Reposted with permission The availability and quality of water is the overarching challenge facing the global community in the 21st century It is also Canada s opportunity Read more The Importance of Water to the U S Economy January 9 2014 Released by the Environmental Protection Agency s Office of Water in November 2013 this report seeks to a raise awareness of water in relation to the U S economy and b report on information critical to managing

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  • Upcoming Global Events Related to Water & the Economy | Blue Economy Initiative
    Library News Multimedia Events Contact Us Home Upcoming Global Events Related to Water the Economy The Blue Economy Initiative events page highlights activities organized by other organizations in Canada and abroad that relate to water and the economy Inclusion of

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  • Contact Us | Blue Economy Initiative
    Search Search Main menu About Projects Feature Reports Library News Multimedia Events Contact Us Home Contact Us The Blue Economy Initiative is a project founded by the Royal Bank of Canada the Canadian Water Network and the Walter and Duncan

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