Nov 2015

“Nature is a fundamental component of a municipal infrastructure system,” says Emanuel Machado, Town of Gibsons Chief Administrative Officer

“The Town of Gibsons has developed and is implementing an Eco-Asset Strategy which recognizes the role of nature as a fundamental component of the municipal infrastructure system, leading to a greater understanding of the value of ecosystems services and improved financial and operational management plans of the community’s natural assets. At the heart of the Gibsons Eco-Asset Strategy is North America’s first natural asset policy, which directs the municipality to consider the role of natural assets within our overall asset management strategy. What gives life to the policy is the fact that, once the natural asset is within the policy, a budget must be set aside for its ongoing management and maintenance, and town staff must work together to preserve its integrity,” states Emanuel Machado.

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Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC celebrates 5th anniversary of incorporation on November 19, 2015

“The core strength of the Partnership for Water Sustainability, as the name suggests, has been the development of creative partnerships throughout BC and beyond that has included local and provincial government, the academic sector as well as the business sector, seeking through collaboration, common ground on water sustainability goals and practices,” states Eric Bonham in reflecting on what the Partnership has accomplished over the past 15 years, and in particular the last 5 years. “The Partnership has implemented a twin-strategy that enhances long term water sustainability goals realized through the implementation of practical tools that have been effectively demonstrated in communities throughout BC.”

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"Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management" introduced to regional district elected representatives in BC

“The ‘convening for action’ initiative is the best example of peer driven innovation that I have ever seen,” states Dale Wall, former Deputy Minister, BC Ministry of Community Development. “It has led to nothing less than a quiet revolution in how we approach the design and construction of human settlements in British Columbia. When I see an urban stream coming back to life or an innovative approach being taken to new infrastructure, I think of the networks of innovative professionals that not only stand behind this work but also continue to create positive change. I firmly believe that this ability to creatively innovate in support of sustainable practices will enable us to meet a host of future challenges.”

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BC guidance document now available for downloading…. "Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management"

Structured in four parts, ‘Beyond the Guidebook 2015’ is a progress report on how local governments on the east coast of Vancouver Island and in the Lower Mainland are ‘learning by doing’ to implement affordable and effective science-based practices to achieve Watershed Health, Resilient Rainwater Management and Sustainable Service Delivery. “This is superlative work (that word combines all of the other adjectives I could use).  It records so much in visual and conversational ways that everyone who reads it will see how changes are informed and guided towards collaborative action to achieve real results.  You have connected the dots enabling those who were part of the stories to see how they have contributed in so many meaningful ways for themselves and their communities of place and practice.  This is a true gift to everyone, individually and writ large,” states Erik Karlsen.

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“If a vision for food security is to be entrenched as the new business as usual by 2030…….we have a 5-year window to get the initial elements of restorative development right,” forecasts Bob Sandford

“We now realize that our current risk assessments with respect to climate disruption are built on confidence in relative hydrologic stability that no longer exists. This changes everything,” states Bob Sandford. An internationally respected ‘water champion’ and widely published author. “We had no idea until recently of how much influence the hydrological cycle has on our day to day lives or on the broader conditions that define the distribution and diversity of life on this planet. It has been very difficult even for experts to grasp the full extent of what the loss of relative hydrological stability means. Unfortunately the problems associated with the loss of relative hydrologic stability are not going away. Quite the opposite.”

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