ECOLOGICAL ACCOUNTING PROCESS: “Looking through the ‘worth lens’ culminated in a fundamental shift in philosophy regarding how to value natural assets in Comox,” stated Marvin Kamenz, the Town’s Municipal Planner, in his presentation at the Parksville 2019 Symposium – watch on YouTube!
Note to Reader:
The Parksville 2019 Symposium has been captured in its entirety in a comprehensive set of videos that have been uploaded to the Partnership for Water Sustainability’s YouTube Channel for ease of access by those who are curious and/or interested to learn about what transpired on April 2-3-4 in Parksville, British Columbia.
Module C on Day Two was titled ‘Moving Towards Restorative Development’. It featured two Vancouver Island restoration case studies that are “beacons of hope” – Bowker Creek in the Capital Regional District and Brooklyn Creek in the Comox Valley.
Brooklyn Creek was one of the first two demonstration applications of the Ecological Accounting Process (EAP), an initiative of the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia.
At Parksville 2019, Al Fraser and Marvin Kamenz of the Town of Comox teamed with Christine Hodgson of the Brooklyn Creek Watershed Society. The title of their tag-team presentation was “A Tale of Two Watersheds in the Town of Comox: Base Decision-Making on Worth”.
The “Comox hour” was an integrated presentation that blended three perspectives to showcase the long-term value of collaboration guided by a shared vision for creekshed restoration. For an understanding of the three building blocks in the evolution of the Town’s incremental process for implementing changes in development practices, view the 17 minute presentation by Marvin Kamenz that is posted on YouTube:
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:
Download a PDF copy of the Re-Cap and Reflections document at: https://waterbucket.ca/viw/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2019/05/Parksville-Symposium_re-cap-and-reflections_May2019.pdf
Download a PDF copy of the tag-team presentation titled A Tale of Two Watersheds in the Town of Comox: Base Decision-Making on Worth.