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RBC Blue Water Project

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is launching a bilingual multimedia initiative to encourage and help Canadians to protect watersheds.

The Society has received a Leadership Grant from the RBC Blue Water Project — a 10-year, $50-million grant program to support charitable endeavours that foster a culture of water stewardship in Canada and internationally.

“Access to clean water is probably the most important issue of our time,” says Barbara Stymiest, Group Head, Strategy, Treasury and Corporate Services at the Royal Bank of Canada. “The Blue Water Project is about partnering with organizations that are doing fabulous work in the area of watershed protection.”

The cornerstone of the Society’s project will be an interactive map that will enable users to learn about specific watersheds in Canada and to find information on getting involved in community conservation efforts through action guides for citizens and students.

The project will also include special issues of Canadian Geographic and its French-language sister publication Géographica in June 2011; a poster map; a thematic module on the Canadian Atlas Online; lesson plans for teachers; and a photo contest, to be announced in the upcoming July/August issue of Canadian Geographic.

— Monique Roy-Sole

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