“Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia” incorporated as a society


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The Partnership for Water Sustainability

The 2010 Land Awards Gala, an event hosted by the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia on November 18, provided a platform for announcing formation of the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia.

Founded upon the principle of collaboration, the Partnership is an autonomous society. The Partnership provides a legal entity for further evolution and delivery of program elements developed under the umbrella of the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia, released in February 2004.

The framework for “convening for action” for implementing the Action Plan is described in Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Implementing a New Culture for Watershed Protection and Restoration in British Columbia. Released in June, this provincial guidance document is the ‘telling of the stories’ of how change is being implemented on the ground in BC. These stories demonstrate that the practitioner and community culture is changing as an outcome of collaboration and partnerships.

Convening for Action in British Columbia

Since 2003, the Real Estate Foundation and the Province of British Columbia have jointly funded development and implementation of the Water Sustainability Action Plan. Under this umbrella, a partnership network has successfully demonstrated how to:

  1. Promote the vision and principles of ‘water-centric’ planning.
  2. Align federal, provincial, regional and local policies and actions about green infrastructure.
  3. Implement Living Water Smart, British Columbia’s Water Plan on the ground.
  4. Develop web-based tools that support better land use and infrastructure decisions.
  5. Connect the dots between our ethic for use of land and the consequences for water sustainability.
  6. Organize ‘convening for action’ forums that advance alignment, collaboration and integration.
  7. Move forward with a ‘regional team approach’ to ensure consistency and ‘do more with less’.
  8. Support the learning environment necessary to explore and embrace innovation.
  9. Build practitioner leadership to ‘design with nature’ to adapt to climate change.
  10. Make real the notion of ‘shared responsibility – choose to be enabled’.

The Partnership mandate is to build on the existing Action Plan foundation, connect the dots between our use of land and the consequences for water sustainability, and help implement Living Water Smart, British Columbia’s Water Plan and the Green Communities Initiative on the ground. The ‘twin engines’ of the Action Plan outreach and education program are the Water Balance Model and Water Bucket Website.

The Partnership vision is that water sustainability will be achieved through implementation of green infrastructure policies and practices. How communities in BC get there relies on a change in mind-set. The Partnership mission is to facilitate that change.

The Directors

Tim Pringle, Executive Director of the RTim Pringle (120p) at 2010 Land Awards Galaeal Estate Foundation from 1988 until 2008, is a founding Director and the first President of the Partnership. The four other founding Directors are:

  • Ted van der Gulik, Chair of the Water Balance Model Inter-Governmental Partnership
  • Mike Tanner, Chair of the Water Bucket Website Partnership
  • Richard Boase, Co-Chair of the Water Balance Model Partnership
  • Peter Law, representing CAVI – Convening for Action on Vancouver Island

Kim Stephens is Executive Director of the Partnership. For more information, please contact him at kstephens@watersustainabilitybc.ca 

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To Learn More About the Directors:

Click on the links below to read about responsibilities and/or significant career accomplishments of the Founding Directors:

TIM PRINGLE is first winner of British Columbia’s ‘Land Champion Award’ — Tim has demonstrated leadership, innovation and collaboration to address issues related to the use and conservation of land in communities, regions, professions, and the province as a whole.

TED VAN DER GULIK receives Bridge Building Award from BC Water & Waste Association — Ted van der Gulik is a visionary and an innovator. While others talk, Ted does. His accomplishments are many and his innovative leadership encompasses provincial tools such as the Water Balance Model and the Irrigation Scheduling Calculator.

MIKE TANNER – Convening for Action in British Columbia: Water Balance Model and Water Bucket Website are twin engines for ‘water-centric’ Outreach & Continuing Education Program — ‘Beyond the Guidebook 2010’ elaborates on program that gives local governments and practitioners the tools and experience to better manage land and water resources.

RICHARD BOASE – A crucially important message in Beyond the Guidebook 2010: “We now have the tools and experience to design with nature” — So many in local government are searching for the magical ‘silver bullet’to resolve watershed issues and challenges. Yet soil, vegetation and trees can do more for our watersheds than decades of planning, consulting and complicated engineering design will ever achieve.

PETER LAW – A Look Back to the SmartStorm Forum Series: Genesis for the Water Balance Model — The genesis for the series was a focus group workshop held in October 1997. The coming together of a group of change agents in set in motion a chain of events that has reverberated through time in British Columbia.