“Convening for Action in British Columbia” launched at Okanagan Conference in February 2005


Water Balance Way-of-Thinking Championed by Water Sustainability Committee

The 3-day Okanagan Conference organized by the Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) in February 2005 was the kick-off event for a sustained education process under the umbrella of the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia. The process, branded as Convening for Action in British Columbia, is designed to broaden the province-wide base for this shared vision:

In a fully integrated landscape, water is the unifying element.

Hosted by the City of Kelowna, the CWRA Conference was designed to be a transformational event that would be the catalyst for change. The call for action was spelled out in the conference theme: “Water – Our Limiting Resource” – Towards Sustainable Water Management in the Okanagan.

Convening for Action in British Columbia

“In the spirit of inter-association collaboration, the Water Sustainability Committee of the British Columbia Water & Waste Association (BCWWA) provided the core content for Day Three. This positioning fitted well with our convening for action mantra: What / So What / Now What. Our team of Oliver Brandes, Lynn Kriwoken and Kim Stephens provided the Now What part of the program,” reports Ray Fung, WSC Chair.

The “now what do we do” perspective by the WSC convening for action team comprised two companion papers:

Read together, these two papers articulate the philosophy that underpins and is guiding the Convening for Action (CFA) initiative.

To Learn More:

To read the complete story about the Kelowna presentations, click on Convening for Action Initiative Launched at Okanagan Conference on the Future for Water..