“The region has committed to protect and restore an interconnected network of habitat and green space, account for ecosystem services, and enhance the connection between people and nature. Over time, the outcome of a landscape-based approach is a new watershed,” stated Kim Stephens.
Land & Water Resources
John Slater MLA (120p)
Living Water Smart sets the direction for changes to use of water and development of land. One-third of the 45 actions in Living Water Smart either require legislative change or would be strengthened with changes to water laws.
CAVI is the acronym for Convening for Action on Vancouver Island. CAVI is a regional pilot program that is being implemented under the umbrella of the “Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia”. The purpose of CAVI is to provide research and education for practitioners (primarily local government administrators, engineers, planners and elected officials) so that they can plan for sustainable water resources in the context of burgeoning settlement activity.
Integated rainwater management planning is an approach that recognizes the complex relationship between the built and natural environment. This new planning approach integrates rainwater management with engineering, planning and the environment to reflect the values of each watershed and community.
Australian WSUD Handbook
“Water-sensitive Urban Design” (WSUD) is a term used in Australia to describe sustainable water cycle management in the urban landscape. To assist practitioners in designing rainwater source control measures, A Handbook for Australian Practice was published in 2005. The Handbook is a compilation of proven approaches that are aimed at solving everyday problems of small-scale rainwater management.
Capitalizing on the enthusiasm and early momentum generated by the Okotoks Conference in September 2004, a number of Alberta agencies have come together to form the Alberta Low Impact Develpoment Partnership. The initiative is co-chaired by the cities of Calgary and Edmonton.