Ray Fung reported that in 2007, a notable accomplishment was implementation of Year One of the Convening for Action on Vancouver Island (CAVI) initiative, a three-year program. A goal is to reach out to land and water practitioners and educate them about practices that better balance the relationship between settlement activity and ecological assets in local and regional landscapes.
In April 2008, the WSC announced that Glen Brown had succeeded Raymond Fung as Chair of the WSC. Glen will build upon Ray’s solid groundwork with the development of innovative outreach programs that encourage an integrated approach to water and land management in British Columbia
"The CAVI vision for the Year Two Program was to play an integrating role, cut across disciplines and ultimately serve as a catalyst to create neighbourhoods that integrate both good planning and innovative engineering designs, for overall greater sustainability ….environmental, social and economic," reported Kim Stephens.
“We are using the slogan The New Business As Usual to convey the message that, for change to really occur, practices that until now have been viewed as the exception must become the norm moving forward. We have to build regulatory models and 2008 learning lunch pilot develop models of practice and expertise to support The New Business As Usual”, stated Dale Wall, Deputy Minister.
The 'Convening for Action' vision is that water sustainability in British Columbia will be achieved through implementation of green infrastructure policies and practices. "The Water Sustainability Action Plan is a partnership umbrella for an array of on-the-ground initiatives that advance a 'water-centric' approach to community planning and development, stated Ray Fung.
"The goal in showcasing innovation and celebrating successes is to move 'from awareness to action' in doing business differently --- through sharing of approaches, tools, experiences and lessons learned that will ultimately inform a pragmatic strategy for climate change adaptation," stated Kim Stephens. "A Showcasing Innovation event is not a conference. Rather the purpose of the presentations is to whet the appetites of participants for the site tour that follows."
High-level endorsement for a ‘regional team approach’ was provided when Mayors and Chief Administrative Officers representing the four Comox Valley local governments dropped in to show their support for the Learning Lunch Seminar Series. "We are thrilled by the work of CAVI. It is a tremendous initiative. The cooperation that is taking place around a consistent approach to development is very critical to all of Vancouver Island," stated Courtenay CAO Sandy Gray.
"Through regional initiatives such as CAVI...which is the acronym for Convening for Action on Vancouver Island...the Water Sustainability Action Plan is adding considerable depth to Living Water Smart," stated Glen Brown. "In 2008, CAVI undertook the Vancouver Island Learning Lunch Seminar Series as a provincial pilot."
"In October 2008, the Cowichan Valley Regional District hosted a Water Balance Model Forum that was conducted as a hybrid-training workshop to inform, educate and enable those who wish to apply the Water Balance Model to support a Design with Nature approach to land development," stated Jay Bradley.
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