"The program overview spells out the theme, scope and learning outcome for each of the three seminars. The program is cumulative: understand the dynamics of settlement changes; ‘design with nature’ to achieve water sustainability; and commit to the regional team approach," states Kim Stephens.
“We would like to shift the paradigm from boundaries to areas of commonality. The desired outcomes will include inter-departmental collaboration, inter-municipal sharing, and regional alignment. A key message is to view ‘planning’ not as land-zoning function but as a multi-faceted and iterative process that embraces the concept of truly integrated water-centric planning," states Derek Richmond.
“The phrase water for life and livelihoods was ‘borrowed’ from work done in the United Kingdom. It conveys the fundamental principles of sustainability of natural systems in their own right and in relation to the health and wellbeing of people who benefit from the use of water for basic life needs and economic activity. The settlement in balance with ecology principle is an extension of water for life and livelihoods," states Tim Pringle.
“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 develop models of practice and expertise to support The New Business As Usual”, stated Dale Wall.
STORY #1 “The spotlight is on how to implement the regional team approach - that is, a unified approach from all levels of government. At the end of the day, water is the underpinning of the community, and an integrated watershed approach to settlement is essential," states Kevin Lorette.
STORY #2 "As we look ahead to where we want to be in 2010, we envision that the 2009 Series will provide us with the springboard to achieve integration of current Comox Valley regional initiatives in subsequent phases of collaboration," states Kevin Lagan.
STORY #3 “Community values that are focused on the ultimate goal of settlement in balance with ecology ought to direct decisions on development proposals. And if communities align their efforts to achieve a shared vision, this will go a long way to determining what Vancouver Island as a whole will look like in 50 years,” states Tim Pringle.
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