GETTING AHEAD OF THE WAVE: The Story of the 2009 Vancouver Island Learning Lunch Seminar Series

“The Comox Valley is the provincial pilot for demonstrating a ‘regional team approach’ that is founded on broad and inclusive partnerships and collaboration that reach for the common goal of sustainability,” stated John Finnie, Chair, CAVI-Convening for Action on Vancouver Island. “The 2009 Series is a collaboration of four local governments in the Comox Valley, the Comox Valley Land Trust, CAVI-Convening for Action on Vancouver Island, the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia, the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia, the Green Infrastructure Partnership and two provincial Ministries.”

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GETTING AHEAD OF THE WAVE: Goal of the 2009 Comoax Valley Learning Lunch Seminar Series – raise awareness and create understanding of “An Integrated Wtershed Approach to Settlement”—because nature knows no boundaries

“We would like to shift the paradigm from boundaries to areas of commonality. The desired outcomes will include inter-departmental collaboration, inter-municipal sharing, and regional alignment. A key message is to view ‘planning’ not as land-zoning function but as a multi-faceted and iterative process that embraces the concept of truly integrated water-centric planning,” stated Derek Richmond. “We need to think of ourselves as a team, not as individuals within silos; getting there means we will have to break down boundaries through communication, collaboration, cooperation and coordination.”

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