“We wished to replicate our ‘convening for action’ approach on Vancouver Island in another region of the province. We decided that the southern interior would be a good choice. BC Hydro Power Smart provided financial support and hosted an exploratory session in Kamloops. ” explains Tim Pringle.
Convening for Action in the Thompson Rivers Region
“The Concept Development Session in September 2011 served as an inaugural meeting of individuals with a role in water and land management. The session purpose was to determine the viability of a regional team approach to water sustainability within the region ,” explains Ron Smith.
Inter-Regional Sharing: How the Thompson Rivers Region can Learn from the Vancouver Island Experience
“We describe our approach to sharing and learning as ‘structured flexibility’. This means we are organized and have an end in mind, yet we go with the flow to achieve an outcome. The conversational approach helps energize the room and produce Ah-Ha Moments,” explains Kim Stephens.
Living Water Smart & Green Communities Initiative introduced to Southern Interior audience at Kamloops Workshop
“Living Water Smart, BC’s Water Plan and the Green Communities Initiative must be viewed as an integrated package. Living Water Smart presents the vision, and the Green Communities Initiative provides enabling tools to achieve the vision. Together they represent a call to action,” stated Kim Stephens.
“The issues and consequences related to land development are universal such that rainwater management is relevant even in a region such as Kamloops where the annual rainfall is less than 300mm,” explained Kim Stephens.