Blue Ecology Workshop (November 2017) – British Columbia Ministry of Environment is an event sponsor because the interweaving theme aligns with desired provincial outcomes
Note to Reader:
For the past decade, the Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC has been a key collaborator with the provincial government. The work of the Partnership supports and adds depth (working with practitioners) to the Living Water Smart vision, Green Communities initiative, and Climate Leadership Plan. These are informing delivery of the Georgia Basin Inter-Regional Education Initiative (IREI), which is led by the Partnership. For these reasons, the Ministry of Environment is a sponsor of the Blue Ecology Workshop.
Moving Towards “Sustainable Watershed Systems,
through Asset Management”
“The next phase of the IREI program through 2017 will add depth to Asset Management for Sustainable Service Delivery: A BC Framework and integrate watershed systems thinking and adaptation to a changing climate into asset management,” stated W.H. (Wes) Shoemaker, Deputy Minister, BC Ministry of Environment, in a letter sent in 2016 to the Partnership for Water Sustainability.
“Moving beyond traditional engineered infrastructure asset management to also account for nature’s services will help influence ‘standards of practice’ and represent a leading-edge evolution in how infrastructure is planned, financed, implemented and maintained in BC.
“The long-term success of the IREI program will be measurable when community development activities and alterations of the built environment result in cumulative benefits, not impacts.”
Alignment with Provincial Game-Changers
Beyond the Guidebook 2015: Moving Towards “Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management” is the third in a series that builds on Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia, released by the BC Ministry of Environment in 2002.
Beyond the Guidebook 2015 defines three “cascading objectives” for watershed-based action; explains three provincial “game-changers” that enable action; showcases five “regional success stories” as told in the words of the local government champions who are leading and implementing changes in practice; and previews the program for integrating the “water balance services” provided by soil, water and trees into asset management.