Join us for this Policy@UBC talk by WWF’s Alexis Morgan on Exploring Water Stewardship, Risk & Opportunity in the Mining Sector.

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Liu Institute for Global Issues – Caseroom (enter from our courtyard)
Refreshments provided

Water Stewardship in Mining

In January 2017, the World Economic Forum once again listed water as one of its top global risks in the coming 10 years. The growth in corporate interest on water issues, and notably water risk, has been exponential since 2010 and along with that, a growing interest in the concept of water stewardship – the notion of working beyond internal management and towards collective action in the basin. As interest in the space has grown, so too has the ability to assess water risk and develop solutions at varying scales to the multi-faceted challenges related water. In particular, the mining sector, with highly valuable assets face water challenges. From scarcity (and flooding) issues in the Andes, to tailings dam failures, and the related regulatory and reputational consequences.

This talk will explore the emergence of water stewardship as both a theory and as an applied concept, its linkages to water risk, valuation, and how the mining sector has engaged to date. It will also discuss some emerging concepts in the space of water stewardship and where these might take water resource management

Speaker: Alexis Morgan, Water Stewardship Specialist, WWF

Alexis joined the World Wide Fund For Nature in 2002 and leads WWF’s global water stewardship work, which focuses on building pragmatic solutions for business to solve freshwater conservation challenges. In this role, he works extensively with Global 500 companies from various sectors, helps to run the Water Risk Filter and currently leads WWF’s efforts on water valuation and context-based water metrics. Alexis helped establish the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) and currently sits on its board, and has published on freshwater conservation issues. He is a past lecturer in environmental economics at Simon Fraser University, is a former board of the White Ribbon Campaign. Alexis holds a BA in geography from Western University, an MSc in urban hydrology (University of Toronto) and a sustainability-oriented MBA (Schulich School of Business, York University).