2010 UBCM Annual Convention

Climate Change Adaptation: UBCM study session on sustainability planning and practice has water-centric emphasis

Three provincial initiatives profiled: BC’s Water Act Modernization Process, Provincial Drought Response Plan, and the Water Sustainability Action Plan. “With local governments increasingly adopting integrated sustainability planning approaches, there is a greater need to develop and strengthen collaborative partnerships amongst all orders of government in environmental management,” stated John Slater.

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Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Forging Gold Medal Standards for Urban Watershed Protection and Restoration in British Columbia

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. “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.”

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2010 UBCM Annual Convention provides forum for reporting out on implementation success of Water Sustainability Action Plan

The 2003 Annual Convention of the Union of BC Municipalities initiated an Outreach and Continuing Education Program (OCEP) that promotes a 'water-centric' approach to community planning and development. “The 2010 UBCM Annual Convention provided us with a platform to showcase we what have accomplished on the ground,” stated Ted van der Gulik.

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Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Road Map for Moving from Awareness to Action in BC to Protect Watershed Health

A ‘design with nature’ policy framework enables local governments to build and/or rebuild communities in balance with ecology. “Major breakthroughs happen when decision makers in government work with grass-roots visionaries in the community to create desired outcomes. Everyone needs to agree on expectations and how they will work together, and after that each community can reach its goals in its own way,” stated Eric Bonham.

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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,” stated Richard Boase. “Our challenge has always been how do we implement this kind of basic change in land development practice.”

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