The consultation workshop was an 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.
The "Meeting of the Minds" initiative has a Vancouver Island focus and is designed to facilitate the move from talk to water-centric action. This outcome will be achieved through an island-wide communication information exchange network.
Drawing on his decades of experience as a municipal engineer, Rick Lloyd challenged the audience to ‘think outside the pipe' and issued a call to action to engineers to design with nature rather than trying to conquer it.
"There are a number of initiatives on Vancouver Island that are focusing upon the theme of sustainability and a water-centric approach to community development," reports Eric Bonham. "The Vancouver Island section of BCWWA has encouraged such linkage and sought out partnerships to reinforce the common theme of water-centric sustainability based upon an island wide communications information exchange network.
"the Bowker Creek Blueprint is truly impressive and hopefully you are sharing it with other parts of Canada, as well as abroad. Many will be fascinated with the ‘governance’ issues alone. This example of what can be done will serve as a positive model for many," observed Eva Kras.
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