2012 Annual Report for the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia

“The Convening for Action in BC initiative continues to be the Partnership’s primary strategy to support the implementation of water sustainability strategies at the community level. The various tools – Water Balance Model, Waterbucket and Water Conservation Calculator – and action initiatives (Metro Vancouver, Kamloops and Vancouver Island) define Convening for Action,” stated Tim Pringle.

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PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE (2012): Mission Possible – Implementing a New Culture for Urban Watershed Protection and Restoration in British Columbia

“Major breakthroughs happen when decision-makers in government work with grass-roots visionaries in the community to create the future desired by all. Collaboration grows from a shared vision about the future and commitment to action: Collectively this is what we want to incrementally achieve and, over time, this is how we will work together to get there. This is the ‘top down and bottom up’ approach. It is about turning the whole game around to ‘design with nature’ as a consistent approach to development and redevelopment,” stated Tim Pringle.

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Partnership for Water Sustainability aligns efforts with Ministry of Environment to advance the “Beyond the Guidebook” initiative

“The Ministry looks forward to aligning efforts with the Partnership to further advance implementation of the “Beyond the Guidebook” initiative. The Ministry’s renewed emphasis on the rainwater management component of Liquid Waste Management Plans has created an opportunity to demonstrate how to integrate regulatory compliance and collaboration,” states Cairine MacDonald.

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A Testimonial from BC Hydro

“The Conservation Community of Practice, supported by BC Hydro, but in existence because of its members, was created to bring together like minded conservation champions across BC to collaborate and share best practices on community based conservation initiatives,” explained Pia Nagpal.

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About the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia

“We believe that by providing education, research, technical services and tools, we can help communities both reduce the increased demand for water and protect stream health from the adverse consequences of land development practices. In other words, we are ‘developing talent’,” states Mike Tanner.

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