Water – Choosing Sustainability for Life and Livelihoods

In May 2005, the Green Infrastructure Partnership organized a Consultation Workshop with local governments in the Greater Vancouver region. The workshop set in motion a chain of events. One outcome was a decision to have one-on-one conversations with an ‘ad hoc mayors focus group' that has representation from three regions. Key findings are presented in the September 2006 progress report titled Water – Choosing Sustainability for Life & Livelihoods: Convening for Action in British Columbia . The report is a prelude to developing a Green Infrastructure Communication Guide for Elected Officials. The Guide will fill a gap because what has been lacking is this – written information on green infrastructure that is written from the perspective of elected officials for elected officials. Before we can write a Communication Guide, we need to understand what elected officials already know plus what they would like to know about green infrastructure. Only then can we judge what level of information transfer will be useful to them. The interviews with elected officials were conducted on behalf of the Green Infrastructure Partnership by Kim Stephens, Program Coordinator for the Water Sustainability Action Plan. Green infrastructure is not fully understood, but is seen as water-centric. In the Okanagan, green infrastructure is associated with the use of water and sustainability of supply; whereas in the Greater Vancouver region and on Vancouver Island, it is associated with control of water that runs off the land and sustainability of aquatic habitat.

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Water – Choosing Sustainability for Life & Livelihoods, September 2006

Author Kim Stephens

Publisher Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia & the Green Infrastructure Partnership

Date September 2006