Convening for Action in British Columbia: ‘Beyond the Guidebook 2010’ connects the dots between South Okanagan and Vancouver Island
Inter-Regional Sharing & Learning
Commencing in 2005, the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia has initiated and cross-fertilized ‘convening for action’ programs in three regions: Vancouver Island, Okanagan and Metro Vancouver.
“Each regional initiative has its own vision and road map. However, a commonality is a desire for a Regional Team Approach founded on partnerships and collaboration,” states Tim Pringle, Director of Special Programs for the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia. The Foundation is one of the Action Plan funders.
“The South Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy provided the first opportunity to test the ‘convening for action’ approach. That experience has been adapted in Metro Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. The cross-fertilization process has now come full circle: South Okanagan communities are adapting and building on lessons learned on Vancouver Island, and in particular the Comox Valley.”
“The South Okanagan is taking the ‘regional team approach’ to the next level of implementation under the umbrella of the South Okanagan and Lower Similkameen Local Government Ecological Standards and Practices Capacity Building Initiative,” concludes Tim Pringle.
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