Vancouver Island Region of the Ministry of Environment hosted second annual ‘water workshop’ in Nanaimo
In February 2008, the Vancouver Island Region of the Ministry of Environment hosted its second annual ‘water workshop’ in Nanaimo. The workshop content was structured in four parts corresponding to these themes:
- Planning and Protection
- Monitoring and Assessment
- Green Approaches to Development
- Ecosystem Protection
In 2007, the first ‘water workshop’ brought together over 120 individuals representing all levels of government and local stewardship groups for a day of talks and discussion. In 2008, the focus shifted to ongoing, completed and proposed projects, studies and ideas around shared stewardship of the region’s water surface and groundwater resources.
Green Approaches to Development
Under the theme of Green Approaches to Development, Eric Bonham and Kim Stephens provided a progress report on CAVI – Convening for Action on Vancouver Island. To download a copy of their PowerPoint presentation, click on this link to Creating Our Future: The New Business As Usual.
In the first part of the co-presentation, Eric Bonham articulated the CAVI vision for water-centric planning and a Design with Nature way-of-thinking and acting to create liveable communities in balance with ecology. Eric’s unifying theme was collaboration. To view a video of Eric in action and hear his passion in explaining what CAVI is about, click on this link to YouTube.
In the second part of the co-presentation, Kim Stephens elaborated on the CAVI program and the schedule of 2008 deliverables. He defined what Design with Nature means and how it fits into a cascading hierarchy of green vocabulary. He also reviewed 2007 successes and how these successes have started the conversation about what A Positive Settlement Strategy for Vancouver Island looks like.
To Learn More:
To download a copy of their PowerPoint presentation, click on this link to Creating Our Future: The New Business As Usual.
To view a copy of the agenda, click on Shared Stewardship of our Water Resources: Now and in the Future .
Posted March 2008