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Georgia Basin Inter-Regional Education Initiative

Cowichan Valley Regional Board reaffirms support for inter-regional collaboration within Georgia Basin


“The initiative is a unique format for Georgia Basin local governments to learn from each other by sharing approaches and successes in managing our water resources. The program will integrate natural systems and climate change thinking into asset management, as well as demonstrate how local governments can progress along the ‘asset management continuum’ to achieve the goal of sustainable service delivery for watershed systems,” stated Brian Carruthers.

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Capital Regional Board reaffirms support for inter-regional collaboration within Georgia Basin


“Support of the initiative enables CRD participation in a coordinated inter-regional information-sharing process. Local governments will benefit from the information sharing between four Vancouver Island regional districts and Metro Vancouver, learn from the experiences of the other regional districts and be able to participate in workshops delivered locally and elsewhere on Vancouver Island,” stated Dale Green.

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Comox Valley Regional Board reaffirms support for inter-regional collaboration within Georgia Basin


“The Inter-Regional Education Initiative, known by the acronym IREI, is closely linked to CAVI – Convening for Action on Vancouver Island. The Comox Valley CAVI team facilitates collaboration at the regional level, and IREI connects the regions for inter-regional collaboration and cross-pollination of ideas, policies and approaches for rainwater management and more recently, asset management,” wrote Kris La Rose.

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Metro Vancouver Regional Board reaffirms support for inter-regional collaboration within Georgia Basin


In his report to the Board, Fred Nenninger wrote that “The Georgia Basin Inter-Regional Education Initiative helps Metro Vancouver and its members better deliver on regulatory commitments and actions identified in the ‘rainwater component’ of the Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan. The program builds local government capacity through professional development.”

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Towards a Watershed Health Legacy: A Description of the Plan for Inter-Regional Collaboration through 2017


“The unfunded ‘infrastructure liability’ is a driver for local governments to consider longevity, focus on what happens after developers hand-off municipal infrastructure, get it right at the front-end, and prepare for the future. Climate change is part of the liability equation – adaptation has level-of-service implications for infrastructure,” stated Derek Richmond, CAVI Chair.

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Achieving the Cascading Objectives for Inter-Regional Collaboration would create a Watershed Health Legacy in the Georgia Basin


“Accepted ‘standards of practice’ – especially those for engineering, planning and finance – influence the form and function of the Built Environment. Implementing green infrastructure, turning the clock back, shifting the ecological baseline, and creating a watershed legacy will ultimately depend on the nature of changes in standards of practice,” states Kim Stephens.

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In 1995, the University of BC’s Dr. Daniel Pauly coined the phrase "Shifting Baseline Syndrome" to explain why environmental degradation is incremental


“Every generation will use the images that they got at the beginning of their conscious lives as a standard and will extrapolate forward. And the difference then, they perceive as a loss. But they don’t perceive what happened before as a loss. You can have a succession of changes. At the end you want to sustain miserable leftovers. And the question is, why do people accept this?,” stated Daniel Pauly.

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Inter-Regional Education Initiative: Partnership updated Metro Vancouver elected representatives in May 2014


According to Mayor Darrell Mussatto, Chair of the Metro Vancouver Utilities Committee, the Georgia Basin Inter-Regional Education Initiative will help Metro Vancouver fulfil specific actions in the region’s Integrated Liquid Waste & Resource Management Plan regarding performance standards, codes of practice, certification and guidelines for on-site rainwater management.

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