YOUTUBE VIDEOS: Worth of Ecological Services – “What are the commons? Those are places in the community that everyone has a right to access, and draw value from. There are two kinds of commons – natural and constructed,” stated Tim Pringle, Chair of the Ecological Accounting Process (EAP) Initiative, at the Parksville 2019 Symposium

Note to Reader:

On Day Two at the Parksville 2019 Symposium, a 5-person team primed the audience with overview-type presentations about long-term and emerging initiatives in regional districts on the east coast of Vancouver Island. In telling their stories, panelists described how key breakthroughs have been achieved. Tim Pringle, Chair of the Ecological Accounting Process Initiative, was a panel member.

TIM PRINGLE’S TOPIC:  Ecological Accounting Process (EAP): Making it Straightforward for Communities to Calculate “THE WORTH” of Ecological Services and Incorporate in Financial Plans!

In addition to Tim Pringle, the panel comprised Kate Miller (poised for action in the Cowichan Valley), Marc Rutten (collaboration in the Comox Valley), Tim Ennis (reconciliation through reconciliation), and Peter Law (Shelly Creek restoration vision).

Below, the 11-minute presentation by Tim Pringle is broken down into four video clips for ease of viewing:

PART 1 – “Ecology can exist without human habitation. But human habitation cannot exist without ecology.”

PART 2 – “The watershed or creekshed should be the spatial reference for community development.”

PART 3 – “EAP offers some insights on the importance of considering the natural commons as systems that….”

PART 4 – “Historic and current land uses have altered the Brooklyn creekshed”

What Do You Wonder?

The story of Parksville 2019 is told in a magazine-style narrative titled “RE-CAP AND REFLECTIONS”.

The “re-cap and reflections” document was written for two audiences – first and foremost, for those who attended Parksville 2019 and wish to have an accessible and quotable reference document at their fingertips, so that they can share the story with others; and secondarily, for those who have heard about Parksville 2019 and are curious to learn more about the ‘story behind the story’, so that they may understand why this event represents a watershed moment for so many who were there.

About Parksville 2019

Close to 200 delegates attended this 3-day event. Parksville 2019 comprised a field day followed by a 2-day symposium. The program objectives for Parksville 2019 helped to inform and establish expectations. It was a matter of providing context and then being clear and succinct about the desired takeaways.

To provide relevance for streamkeepers, the theme for Day One was Sustainable Stream Restoration. To capture the attention of those in local government, the theme for Day Two was Restorative Land Development.

To Learn More:

For the complete story about Parksville 2019, visit the homepage for the symposium:

Download a PDF copy of the Re-Cap and Reflections document at:

Download a PDF copy of the presentation by Tim Pringle titled Calculating the Worth of Ecological Services.