Valuation of Water Resources and Water Security in Northern Canada

Regions: North Slave Region

Tags: social sciences, policy, resource management, water

Principal Investigator: Dobias, Jacob (1)
Licence Number: 15704
Organization: King's College London
Licenced Year(s): 2015
Issued: Jul 06, 2015

Objective(s): To analyze and assess the impacts of the valuation of water on water security, sustainable water management and water use in Canada.

Project Description: The aim of this research project is to analyze and assess the impacts of the valuation of water on water security, sustainable water management and water use in Canada. This research will focus primarily on the Northwest Territories (NWT) of Canada, and local perceptions of water security. The objective is to determine how perceptions of water security affect the establishment of sustainable domestic water policies. This responsibility and duty presently falls solely under the purview of the NWT government following the devolution of powers on April 1st, 2014.

The researcher will seek to establish the perspectives of Northwest Territories (NWT) citizens on Canadian water security, in relation to domestic water use, by administering a quantitative survey and by conducting semi-structured qualitative interviews concurrently. The researcher will gather primary data based on a mixture of stratified and purposive sampling techniques. They will analyze secondary research, specifically the media presence of water issues in the NWT as well as NWT policy documents which will be acquired through the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (ATIPP Act). The relevant information that is made accessible through this Act include minutes, communications, and drafts, the researcher will also analyze Canadian sources but to a lesser degree.

This research aims to benefit, shape, and adapt responsible water management and water stewardship decisions within the NWT, particularly in regards to policy formulation and implementation. By establishing a better understanding of how water is used and valued within the various sectors (i.e. agricultural, industrial, domestic, etc.), policies can be created to better accommodate supply and demand. This research may benefit other regions in northern Canada, such as Nunavut. Additionally, it may serve as a reference point for future researchers who seek to better understand and develop responsible water use and allocation in Canada, issues of water conservation, and issues of the sustainable development of the water sector. An increased awareness and understanding of water use will increase water security, and concurrently will have significant impacts on social, cultural, economic well-being and livelihoods.

This is for the researcher’s graduate dissertation at King's College London, once the piece has been assessed by the institution it will be forwarded to all interested parties.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from July 7, 2015 to August 31, 2015.