Note to Reader:
Released at the 2017 Annual Convention of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities, the September 2017 edition of the Asset Management BC Newsletter included an article by Kim Stephens (Executive Director, Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia) announcing the Blue Ecology Workshop.
Blue Ecology – for humans to adapt to a changing climate, a new culture of water is necessary!
Blue Ecology is an ecological philosophy developed by Michael Blackstock, professional forester and scholar. Blue Ecology looks at the water cycle differently to interweave First Nations and Western thought.
Michael Blackstock has a vision: British Columbia water managers would embrace the Blue Ecology water cycle; our communities would become more water-resilient; and we would successfully adapt to a changing climate.
Blue Ecology is aligned with the whole-system, water balance vision for restoring “Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management”.
A Call to Action
“The gravity of the situation calls for application of Sustainable Service Delivery principles to watershed restoration in the built environment. Successful implementation depends on all the players – in particular politicians, planners, landowners, designers, implementers and asset managers – collectively choosing to embrace a ‘design with nature’ philosophical foundation,” wrote Kim Stephens.
“We must collaborate to then adapt our land use, infrastructure servicing and asset management practices appropriately!”
“Many land use, infrastructure servicing and asset management professionals in this province do know in principle what they ought to do. However, there is still a gap between UNDERSTANDING and IMPLEMENTATION. This results in a capacity-building challenge.”
To Learn More:
Download Blue Ecology – for humans to adapt to a changing climate, a new culture of water is necessary! to read the complete article as published in the September 2017 issue of the Asset Management BC Newsletter.