IUCN – The World Conservation Union runs a water and nature initiative with two goals: (1) Improved management in 10 river basins (increased livelihood security for water and wetland-dependent communities; improved utilisation of natural resources; Increased conservation of natural resources; and reduced conflicts between users); and (2) Tools for participation, governance, economics, and information management. The latter should be of particular interest to users of waterbucket.ca. The initiative's website is http://www.iucn.org/themes/wani/
In last year’s Water Conservation Plan, the City of Williams Lake committed itself to following a three-step program for water conservation.
The Capital Regional District (CRD), in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands and the Peninsula Agricultural Commission, initiated the “Agricultural Water Use and Conservation Study” to gather, analyze, and present data on farm water use and conservation practices across the CRD. The resulting information will be used to set water rates for the agricultural sector, and to help the CRD develop water conservation program.
The term 'natural capital' refers to a region’s natural, environmental, and ecosystem resources, and land. It is capital because it contributes goods and services necessary for environmental and economic health. In addition to some of the more obvious benefits of environmental conservation such as habitat preservation, flood control, and ensuring water quality, there are significant financial benefits. Assigning a monetary value to our natural resources creates another motivation for environmental preservation and restoration.