DOWNLOAD POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS: Parksville 2019 – Second Annual Vancouver Island Symposium on Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate (April 2-3-4, 2019)

Note to Reader:

The City of Parksville was the setting for the second in the annual Vancouver Island symposium series on water stewardship in a changing climate. Close to 200 delegates attended this 3-day event. They came from far and wide – from Sooke north to Port McNeil; from Metro Vancouver east to Alberta; and from south of the border (Washington State, Virginia and Mississippi).

Parksville 2019 comprised a field day followed by a 2-day symposium. The over-arching theme was Improving Where We Live Through Restorative Development. The headliner was Storm Cunningham, author of The Restoration Economy and two other books on how to decrease our destructive footprint while at the same time increasing our restorative footprint.

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“It truly was a watershed moment at Parksville 2019. We set out to attract an audience balanced across sectors, demonstrate the power of collaboration between the stewardship sector and local governments, and create an environment for sharing and learning from each other. We achieved all three objectives,” stated John Finnie, Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC, chair of the organizing committee. He was the Regional District of Nanaimo’s former General Manager for Regional and Community Utilities until his retirement in 2012.

The graphic below is a road map. It captures the essence of the two-day program. “On Day One, the spotlight was on understanding the challenges in “getting it right”. On Day Two, the focus shifted to celebrating success stories. The glass is half-full,” concluded John Finnie.

Each day of the Parksville 2019 Symposium comprised four modules. Scroll down and click on the module titles to download PDF copies of the PowerPoint slideshows that present the individual  storylines for the set of modules.

Day One – Sustainable Stream Restoration

On Day One, the key message was reconnect hydrology and ecology – because what happens on the land in the creekshed matters to streams!

Module A: “Getting It Right: The Whole-System Approach

Module B: Panel & Town-Hall Session: Watershed Health and You

Module C: Make Better Decisions: First, Understand How Rain Reaches a Stream

Module D: Back to the Future: Reconnect Hydrology and Ecology

Day Two – Restorative Land Development

On Day Two, the key message was that we can indeed decrease our destructive footprint while at the same time increasing our restorative footprint.

Module A: “Getting It Right”: Make Better Land Use Decisions

Module B: Panel & Town-Hall Session: Improve Where We Live

Module C: Moving Towards Restorative Land Development

Module D: We Can Create the Future We Want