“Feast AND Famine Workshop” attracts a large crowd to celebrate the 5th anniversary of incorporation of the Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC
About the AGM Annual Workshop Series co-hosted by the Partnership for Water Sustainability and the Irrigation Industry Association
On December 1, 2015 the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia (PWSBC) and the Irrigation Industry Association of British Columbia (IIABC) joined forces for the third year in a row to co-host a workshop in conjunction with each of their annual general meetings.
The precedent for collaboration was established in 2013 with “Get Your Mind Into the Gutter: A Workshop on Rainwater Harvesting in British Columbia”.
The theme for the second in the series of annual workshops was Convening for Action on Vancouver Island: How Managing the Water Now….Will Shape the Future.
The incorporation date for the Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC, a not-for-profit society, is November 19, 2010. Hence, the third in the series provided the opportunity to celebrate the Partnership’s 5th anniversary.
Flood and Drought! Feast AND Famine!
The 2015 workshop was designed to spark a conversation and ultimately inform a shared vision for ‘designing with nature’ to restore hydrologic integrity and maintain the seasonal ‘water balance’. The workshop informed attendees about tools, in particular the Agricultural Water Demand Model for BC that can help communities achieve a vision for water resiliency when the climate is changing.
The event attracted an audience totaling 115. This included representatives of 18 local governments from the Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island regions.
Bob Sandford, water champion and author, was the keynote speaker. “After a period of relative hydro-climatic stability, changes in the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere have resulted in the acceleration of the global hydrologic cycle with huge implications for every region of the world and every sector of the global economy,” stated Bob Sandford.