DOWNLOAD BEYOND THE GUIDEBOOK 2022: “Ecological Accounting Process, a BC Strategy for Community Investment in Stream Systems” (released June 2022)

Note to Reader:

In 2016, the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British  Columbia embarked upon a 6-year program of applied research to evolve EAP, the Ecological Accounting Process, through a 3-stage building blocks process of testing, refining, and mainstreaming the methodology and metrics for financial valuation of stream systems.

The program involved 9 case studies and 13 local governments and yielded 19 “big ideas” or foundational concepts. The findings and path forward are detailed in a Synthesis Report on the Ecological Accounting Process, a BC Strategy for Community Investment in Stream Systems, released in June 2022. This is the 4th in the Beyond the Guidebook Series.

Story behind the Ecological Accounting Process

Know your history. Understand the context. These are key thoughts, and they provide perspective for the story of EAP, the Ecological Accounting Process, as told in Beyond the Guidebook 2022: EAP, a BC Strategy for Community Investment in  Stream Systems, released on June 14, 2022 by the Partnership.

EAP uses real numbers. The methodology and metrics allow local governments to make a convincing financial case for annual investment in stream systems. The next step for them is to integrate budget line items for stream maintenance and management (M&M) into their Asset Management Strategies.

The “EAP story” is about a journey, one that began circa 1990 for pioneers working on parallel stream protection and restoration initiatives in British Columbia and Washington State. Three decades later, these parallel tracks have converged in the form of EAP.  It has been a building blocks process requiring commitment, patience, and perseverance by many.

To Learn More:

Download a copy of Ecological Accounting Process, A B.C. Strategy for Community Investment in Stream Systems (2022) – the Synthesis Report is a distillation of over 1000 pages of case study documentation into a storyline that is conversational and written for a continuum of audiences that includes land use practitioners, asset managers, stream stewards, and local government decision-makers.