"CAVI is an innovative and precedent-setting approach to partnerships and
collaboration that brings together those who plan and regulate land use
(local government), those who build (developers) and those who provide the
legislative framework (the Province)," wrote Eric Bonham. Vancouver Island is the pilot region for rollout of 'Beyond the Guidebook: The New Business As Usual' with the adoption of an innovative approach to practitioner education."
At each of three events, Eric Bonham explained how CAVI got started and provided insight as to why this bottom-up approach is resonating with local government and beyond. The goal is to promote networking, inform and educate practitioners, and help local governments move ‘from awareness to action’ in doing business differently.
"Convening for Action on Vancouver Island was launched in September 2006. A consultation workshop that was held as an adjunct to the "Water in the City Conference" in Victoria provided a timely opportunity to test and validate an approach that can bridge the gap between talk (interest) and action (practice)in advancing a water-centric approach to community development," reported Kim Stephens.
“The Partnership is the evolution of many initiatives around water sustainability in BC. The Partnership is building on and continuing the work that has gone on before under the umbrella of the Water Sustainability Action Plan. Incorporating the Partnership as a legal entity is a natural outcome. This demonstrated record of collaboration is our strength going forward," states Eric Bonham.
“The Foundation has had a longstanding interest and involvement in water sustainability. We have provided core funding for the Water Sustainability Action Plan since 2005. So, a logical next step for the Foundation was to establish a Water Sustainability Endowment Fund in support of non-profit initiatives related to water stewardship. The income generated from this fund will support non-profit activities in water sustainability in the province of BC,"stated Karin Kirkpatrick.
Bringing passion and energy to everything he does, the ability of Kim Stephens to build relationships and partnerships with broad water stakeholders has resulted in a positive change to how practitioners understand the relationship between land-use and the true value of water.
Convening for Action in British Columbia has evolved into a 'made in BC' process for moving British Columbia practitioners from awareness to action. "Through outreach and education, the guiding vision is to influence land and water practitioners to learn about and use practices that better balance the necessary relationships of settlement activity and ecological assets in local and regional landscapes," explains Glen Brown.
Ted van der Gulik is a visionary and an innovator. While others talk, Ted does. His accomplishments are many and his innovative leadership encompasses provincial tools such as the Water Balance Model and the Irrigation Scheduling Calculator. Ted brings energy to everything that he does, and he inspires those around him. He is the epitome of the old adage: If you want something done, ask a busy person.
When Eva Kras attended the regular meeting of the BCWWA Water Sustainability Committee in January 2009, she addressed the WSC and invited guests on the topic “The Search for Sustainability”. “Can we realistically expect sustainable outcomes if we are using conventional governance models to put sustainable values into practice?," asked Eva Kras.
In his Summer 2009 report to the membership of the BC Water & Waste Association, Eric Bonham reviewed the successes of CAVI and the Vancouver Island Chapter of the BCWWA. “What we want Vancouver Island to look like in 50 years” will be a result of collaboration of local communities and regional districts reaching beyond their own jurisdictional boundaries and responsibilities," wrote Eric Bonham.
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