One of the Alberta Water Council (AWC)’s primary goals is to periodically review and provide advice on the implementation progress of Water for Life. The AWC has achieved this through the work of a standing committee, which convenes every few years to review progress and provide strategic, directional advice to AWC members. Five reviews have been completed to date (available here), with the last review covering 2012 to 2015.
During the last review, the committee noted a need to revisit the approach, particularly how the information is gathered, what advice emerges from the review, and how this advice is incorporated in decision-making. The approach needs to be updated to reflect how Water for Life is administered by the Government of Alberta and the roles of new and emerging groups in the water management system. The committee highlighted the importance of developing and monitoring performance metrics for Water for Life goals. Echoing this, the AWC significantly updated the three strategies associated with the Water for Life implementation review in its 2019–2021 Business Plan to reflect more current needs:
- identify and develop metrics for advancing Water for Life goals
- identify gaps in implementation of the Water for Life strategy
- prioritize actions and identify roles and responsibilities for achieving the outcomes of Water for Life