Water is not an isolated commodity for the small, off-grid and Indigenous communities we serve. It's at the heart of community health – the collective wellbeing of all who share their lives in the same place – along with housing, infrastructure, energy and more.
Learn more about the impacts of the Community Circle approach to improving community health by watching the video above.
A Note of Gratitude, and Cautious Optimism for the Future
As RES’EAU-WaterNET (phase 2) ends and RES’EAU-Centre for Mobilizing Innovation (a new chapter),
begins, we invite you to review what has been learned already about “Breaking Through” to achieve socially and technologically sustainable outcomes in drinking water systems for small, rural and Indigenous communities.
RES’EAU gives a special acknowledgement and thanks to the impressive array of individuals (from government agencies, industry, foundations, universities, communities, NGOs, and more) who worked together to help define what works and how implementation can be made on a larger scale in a timely manner to address the stresses experienced by small, rural and indigenous communities.
In RES’EAU a Centre for Mobilizing Innovation (RES’EAU-CMI),
the previous learnings are marshalled into an action plan to accelerate the impact on water delivery that is so desperately needed by the small, rural and indigenous communities.
Bill Cairns (Chair RES’EAU-WaterNET Board of Directors, (2008-June 2019)
RES’EAU-WaterNET has come to the end of its funding as an NSERC Strategic Network. For more than a decade, we have been part of a diverse and inspiring collection of initiatives involving government agencies, universities, foundations, communities and industry. Together, RESEAU and many partner organisations worked to put a focus on the community health challenges of small, rural and Indigenous communities in Canada.
Along the way, we learned important lessons, which are captured in our white paper Breaking Through.
We now know what can make things better or worse in these settings, but so far we have not seen widespread mobilization of solutions. We hope that is the next step
in the evolution of problem solving for small, rural and Indigenous communities.
I extend our gratitude to NSERC, UBC, our partners and especially the many communities who embraced our innovative approach to problem solving, and helped us refine it.
I look forward to continuing serving rural communities in Canada and globally.
Madjid Mohseni, Scientific Director, RES’EAU-WaterNET (2008-June 2019)