Regional District of Nanaimo Board endorses Vancouver Island Inter-Regional Education Initiative
A Focus on Education, Collaboration and Sharing
“Under the umbrella of CAVI-Convening for Action on Vancouver Island, the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia is aligning efforts with four regions on Vancouver Island to advance an Inter-Regional Education Initiative”, reports Kim Stephens, Partnership Executive Director. “The initiative supports a regional approach that is built around partnerships, and is replicable and/or transferable provincially.”
“The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) has been a leader within the CAVI initiative since 2007, with the RDN’s John Finnie serving as CAVI Chair from 2007 through 2011. During this period, the RDN hosted the inaugural event in the Vancouver Island Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation Series in collaboration with the City of Nanaimo; and more recently, hosted the Worth Every Penny Workshop in 2010 in the City of Parksville.”
“The initiative will focus on education, collaboration and sharing of ideas and experiences on water sustainability and rainwater management best practices,” stated the staff report written by John Finnie and brought forward by Carol Mason, RDN Chief Administrative Officer, when the request was made to the RDN Board to assist in advancing watershed sustainability and green infrastructure practices.
In the staff report, John Finnie also noted that: “The conservation and protection of water and watersheds is a priority in the RDN and the proposed inter-regional education initiative provides another opportunity to assist local governments to better understand the relationships between watershed and stream and site development.”
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