WWF-Canada produced a report to share lessons from the BC Hydro water use planning process because of its success in delivering improvements to flow and fisheries as well as other environmental benefits at 23 facilities in BC. Further, "The story of BC Hydro's water use planning deserves a wider audience because of the collaboration features, involvement of First Nations, public participation benefits, commitment to monitoring and adaptive management, use of structured decision making and on-the-ground implementation."
The report includes case studies of the SDM process at three facilities. Among other things it notes:
- consensus was achieved at 22 of 23 facilities;
- even where consensus was not achieved the process delivered benefits - better understanding among stakeholders and sound monitoring that will help resolve outstanding issues in the future;
- the failure to reach consensus was attributed to a lack of continuity in attendance and associated loss of mutual learning;
- overall, the process is promoted as a model for collaborative water governance.