According to Minister of Environment Murray Coell, the new Act will support climate change adaptation and economic security and help ensure that water sustainability is considered in all decisions affecting water. It will help lighten BC’s water footprint and transition to a new way of managing water.
“The interest in the water footprint is rooted in the recognition that human impacts on freshwater systems can ultimately be linked to human consumption, and that issues like water shortages and pollution can be better understood and addressed by considering production and supply chains as a whole,” says Professor Arjen Y. Hoekstra, creator of the water footprint concept
LIVING WATER SMART IN BRITISH COLUMBIA: Ministry of Environment web portal showcased Beyond the Guidebook 2010 because it told the story of on-the-ground successes under the umbrella of the Water Sustainability Action Plan
“The Action Plan is a key element of the implementation strategy for Living Water Smart. In a nutshell, we are providing program delivery in a local government setting. Beyond the Guidebook 2010 shows how to achieve water sustainability through outcome-oriented urban watershed plans. The stories of how change is being implemented demonstrate that the practitioner and community culture is changing as an outcome of collaboration and partnerships,” stated Kim Stephens.