Forging Gold Medal Standards for Urban Watershed Protection and Restoration in British Columbia
Note to Reader:
Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Implementing a New Culture for Urban Watershed Protection and Restoration in British Columbia describes how a ‘covening for action’ culture has taken root in British Columbia. Bringing together local government practitioners in neutral forums has enabled implementers to collaborate as regional teams. Their action-oriented focus has resulted in ‘how to dit it; examples that help decision-makers visualize what ‘design with nature’ policy goals look like on the ground.
“Achieving water sustainability starts with alignment and embracing shared responsibility”, emphasize Glen Brown and Ray Fung at 2020 UBCM Convention
The formal rollout of Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Implementing a New Culture for Urban Watershed Protection and Restoration in British Columbia commenced on September 27th at the 2010 annual convention of local governments. The convention theme was Forging Gold Medal Standards.
Glen Brown and Ray Fung represented the provincial and local government perspectives, respectively, in delivering an integrated presentation to a packed study session (180 attendees). They spoke on behalf of the “convening for action” partnership.
Embracing Shared Responsibility Leads to Outcome-Oriented Actions
“Beyond the Guidebook 2010 synthesized a set of ten guiding principles that provide a framework for a successful local government implementation process. Ray Fung spoke to these principles in his part ofthe integrated presentation,” explained Kim Stephens, editor of Beyond the Guidebook 2010.
“Shared responsibility is a foundation piece for Beyond the Guidebook 2010. The law and policy component of the Outreach & Continuing Education Program described in the document produced a decision support tool that was branded as the Shared Responsibility Matrix.”
“So, what we mean by shared responsibility is that everyone has a role, and everyone can act…. all levels of government, developers, regulators, bureaucrats, consultants, planners, engineers…. we all have a role,” stated Ray Fung. “There are things that we in local government can do. We need to choose to be enabled.”
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Posted October 2010