ORIGINAL VISION FOR 3RD ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON WATER STEWARDSHIP IN A CHANGING CLIMATE: Scheduled for April, the 2-day “Comox Valley 2020 Symposium on Climate Change, Collaboration and Landscape Restoration” as originally planned was the outcome of collaboration involving three non-government organizations that share a vision for reconnecting hydrology and ecology – the Nanaimo & Area Land Trust (NALT), the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia, and the Comox Valley Conservation Partnership. (HISTORICAL NOTE: Initially postponed to October due to the COVID 19 pandemic, a public health order limiting mass gatherings resulted in the symposium being re-imagined as the virtual Video Trilogy Series for delivery via YouTube)

Note to Reader:

The waterbucket.ca website is a living record of activities and outcomes resulting from initiatives implemented under the umbrella of the Water Sustainability Action Plan. In 2020, the COVID 19 pandemic changed everything and created a new reality for everyone on Planet Earth. Hence, an important part of the Partnership’s historical record is preserving for future reference articles such as the one below. Otherwise the story will be lost of how the three Comox Valley 2020 co-hosts responded and adapted over the course of a once-in-a-century event. 


Comox Valley 2020 Theme: Climate Change, Collaboration and Landscape Restoration

Have you heard about the Vancouver Island Symposia Series on Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate? Are you curious to learn more about the ‘convening for action’ process to improve where we live? Do you anticipate that you might wish to attend? If your answer to any of these questions is YES, then SAVE THESE DATES: April 23 and 24, 2020.

The Symposia Series is a building blocks process: Nanaimo in 2018; Parksville in 2019; and next, the Comox Valley in 2020. Each event builds on the last and points the way to the next.

Partners in the Series

In 2017, the Partnership for Water Sustainability in collaboration with the Nanaimo & Area Land Trust (NALT) and Regional District of Nanaimo launched the Vancouver Island Symposia Series on Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate. The success of Nanaimo 2018 led federal and provincial government departments to become partners in this collaborative effort.

A key to successful outcomes is that the symposium format provides a neutral forum for local elected representatives, local government staff, stewardship groups and others to ‘convene for action’.

Are you wondering why the Comox Valley in 2020? Did you know that, for a decade and more, the Comox Valley has been an incubator region for provincially significant ‘collaboration precedents’ in British Columbia. This history prompted NALT and the Partnership to reach out to the Comox Valley Conservation Partnership to co-host Comox Valley 2020.

To Learn More:

For the complete storyline, download a copy of the  COMOX VALLEY 2020 BROCHURE.