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CAVI – Leadership in Water Sustainability

FLASHBACK TO 2007: "Vancouver Island was a proving ground for local government ideas and programs initiated by the Green Infrastructure Partnership," recalls Paul Ham, Chair (2005-2008)


“The Green Infrastructure Partnership was an original element of the Water Sustainability Action Plan. Early success built awareness and galvanized action on the ground, and provided our Vancouver Island colleagues with confidence that they were on the right track. Success on Vancouver Island and in Metro Vancouver helped to lay a strong foundation for incorporation of the Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC. This entity is now the hub for a ‘convening for action’ network in the local government setting, and the keeper of the GIP legacy,” said Paul Ham.

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CONVENING FOR ACTION ON FRESH WATER SUSTAINABILITY: “Change the way land is developed on Vancouver Island,” urged Eric Bonham at Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation in the Comox Valley (October 2007)


“CAVI is a collective effort to see where we can go on Vancouver Island, and do it in a way that is a little bit different. The operative words are vision, partnerships, communications, ecological integrity, human well-being, sustainability, water-centric, and a desire to work together for Vancouver Island. Never doubt that a group of concerned citiizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever does. And that is where we are today with CAVI,” stated Eric Bonham.

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FLASHBACK TO 2007: Creating Our Workshop Workshop initiated a call to action to "design with nature" on Vancouver Island to achieve water sustainability outcomes


The workshop was an action item arising from an earlier consultation workshop held in conjunction with the Water in the City Conference in September 2006. “If we are to control our destiny and create our future, then we need to challenge our fellow Vancouver Islanders to visualize what they want Vancouver Island to look like in 50 years. We wish to influence Vancouver Island local governments to adopt Design with Nature as the preferred process of approving land development applications,” stated John Finnie.

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FLASHBACK TO 2006: Consultation workshop, held as an adjunct to the "Water in the City Conference" in Victoria, launched CAVI-Convening for Action on Vancouver Island


The workshop focus was on bridging the gap between talk (interest) and action (practice) in advancing a water-centric approach to community development. To provide breakout groups with context for their brainstorming, Erik Karlsen addressed this question: “SO WHAT are the ways we inform, inspire and enable people to work together through partnerships to ACT NOW?” In addition, he introduced possible elements of a water-centric framework for land development approvals.

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CONVENING FOR ACTION ON FRESH WATER SUSTAINABILITY: ‘2006 Water in the City Conference’ served as springboard for launch of CAVI initiative


“The Meeting of the Minds initiative evolved into Convening for Action on Vancouver Island, known by the acronym CAVI. A consultation workshop held as an adjunct to the Water in the City Conference in Victoria provided a timely opportunity to test and validate an approach that can bridge the gap between talk (interest) and action (practice) in advancing a water-centric approach to community development,” reported Eric Bonham.

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FLASHBACK TO 2005: "Meeting of the Minds" in Parksville – the genesis for the CAVI-Convening for Action on Vancouver Island initiative


“The group was asked to identify what issues, problems or concerns exist currently within the Vancouver Island region,” wrote Kerry Elfstrom. “It was agreed that Vancouver Island could be the focus since it has clearly defined geographical boundaries, every element of the industry represented (suppliers, operators, consultants, educators, interested Associations etc.) and advantageous proximity to the provincial Government.”

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