WPGG Director Rob de Loë served as a member of the Council of Canadian Academies' Expert Panel on Water and Agriculture. The Panel's report was released on February 26, 2013. It focuses on five key areas:
- The risks and uncertainties of market conditions, competition for land and water resources, and climate change;
- Improved monitoring and data interpretation that could be used to facilitate adaptive management techniques;
- The interaction between land management and water resources – including the assessment of beneficial management practices (BMPs), conservation agriculture, and ecosystem services approaches;
- Promising farm-scale technologies that could contribute to efficient water use, reduced environmental impacts, and sound investment decisions; and,
- Governance structures, valuation techniques, economic incentives, and knowledge transfer strategies that would help to facilitate better management decisions and uptake of sustainable practices.
Copies of the full report, the executive summary, and the report in brief are available: Water and Agriculture in Canada: Towards Sustainable Management of Water Resources