LIVING WATER SMART IN BRITISH COLUMBIA: Opportunities for Law and Policy to Effect Changes on the Ground
Vancouver Island Learning Lunch Series
Precedent-setting in its scope and approach to building local government capacity, the 2008 Vancouver Island Learning Lunch Seminar Series comprised two sets of three seminars each. The Cowichan Valley Regional District and City of Courtenay hosted the two sets in the Summer and Fall, respectively.
The Learning Lunch curriculum is designed to help local governments determine how they will achieve this over-arching goal statement in Living Water Smart, BC’s Water Plan:
- By 2012, all land and water managers will know what makes a stream healthy, and therefore be able to help land and water users factor in new approaches to securing stream health and the full range of stream benefits (page 43, Living Water Smart)
At the second in the 2008 Comox Valley Learning Lunch Seminar Series, held in October 2008, Susan Rutherford of West Coast Environmental Law employed an Issue / Question format to illustrate opportunities and scales for law and policy to effect change. This format enabled a seamless transition into a town hall discussion where seminar participants talked about what they have done or what they want to do.
Legal and Policy Strategies to Support Green Infrastructure:
For the complete story about what was accomplished in the town hall session, click on Comox Valley Learning Lunch Seminar #2 featured Susan Rutherford, author of the Green Infrastructure Guide.