“Convening for Action is a framework that brings stakeholders together, supported by the province, but led by local government. Collaboration and integration is a true bottom-up approach that identifies the issue and then seeks to address it through the alignment of all stakeholders, with emphasis on local government needs,” stated Glen Brown.
Turning Ideas Into Action
Moving Toward a Water Balance Way-of-Thinking and Acting in British Columbia: Vision and Mission for Achieving Water Sustainability
“The vision of the Partnership is that water sustainability will be achieved through implementation of green infrastructure policies and practices. The Partnership mission is to facilitate change,” states Tim Pringle.
Moving Toward a Water Balance Way-of-Thinking and Acting in British Columbia: Goals and Objectives for Achieving Water Sustainability
“Establish partnerships with those who share a vision to add the 'water dimension' to community planning and land development, and to promote change at four scales – region, neighbourhood, site and building,” said Kim Stephens. “Build support for a paradigm-shift in British Columbia that, over time, will result in water being at the heart of decision-making for human activities.”
Moving Toward a Water Balance Way-of-Thinking and Acting in British Columbia: Points of Reference for the BCWWA Water Sustainability Committee
“The former Water Sustainability Committee was a broadly based roundtable of organizations that had a specific interest or mission in implementing the Water Sustainability Action Plan. The roundtable encompassed government organizations, non-government associations, the private sector and universities,” stated Ted van der Gulik.
Moving Toward a Water Balance Way-of-Thinking and Acting in British Columbia: Evolution and Governance of BCWWA Water Sustainability Committee
“Founded as the Water Conservation Committee in 1992, the Committee rebranded itself as the Water Sustainability Committee in 2002 as part of a restructuring and renewal process,” stated Mike Tanner.
“City Council adopted a Water Strategy that includes a vision for water that closely aligns with the Province’s Living Water Smart program,” stated Kevin Henderson. “For example, the City has recently introduced a new pricing structure to provide long term sustainability to the water utility fund.”
Leading Change in Canada: Federation of Canadian Municipalities Showcases BC’s Water Sustainability Action Plan
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. At the recent 2011 Sustainable Communities Conference, organized by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), innovators from across Canada shared their breakthrough examples of municipal sustainability in an interactive session titled Steal This Idea! “The session introduced delegates to the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia,” stated Emanuel Machado.
Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia will build on existing Action Plan foundation
“The Partnership will continue to evolve and deliver program elements developed under the umbrella of the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia,” stated Kim Stephens, Executive Director. “Now, the Partnership provides a legal entity for building on the existing Action Plan foundation and creating a lasting legacy. The Partnership vision is that water sustainability will be achieved through implementation of green infrastructure policies and practice “
The ‘design with nature’ paradigm is borrowed from the seminal book by Ian McHarg because it captures the essence of climate change adaptation. Adaptation is about responding to the changes that will inevitably occur. Adaptation is at the community level and is therefore about collaboration. His premise is simple: “that the shaping of land for human use ought to be based on an understanding of natural process.”
Convening for Action in British Columbia: Water Balance Model and Water Bucket Website are the twin engines for Outreach & Continuing Education Program
“watebucket.ca is the key to the communications strategy for the Action Plan. The website is designed to provide the complete story on integrated land and water management – why, what, where and how,” states Mike Tanner.