Convening for Action on Vancouver Island
The Irrigation Industry Association of British Columbia held its 2010 Annual Convention in Victoria in November 2010. Jay Bradley, Chair of the Vancouver Island Coordinating Team, was invited to inform the irrigation audience by addressing this question: What is CAVI and what are its goals? CAVI is the acronym for Convening for Action on Vancouver Island - Leadership in Water Sustainability.
"A big part of what Convening for Action does is to create forums for dialogue, and to build collaborative partnerships towards a 50 year vision for Vancouver Island. Our message to the IIABC was very high level but highly effective - what do we want Vancouver Island to look like in 50 years?," continues Jay Bradley.
"I believe this message really resonated with the session participants, especially when it was framed by how quickly the island has grown in the past 20 years, as well as how we want to pass the island on to future generations."
"As practitioners, irrigation specialists are among the experts who do not need to be convinced of the importance of water. Forums like this not only help to break down the silo mentality but also emphasise the new land ethic: a water-centric, design-with-nature approach to land development."
TO LEARN MORE: To read the complete story posted on the Water Bucket website, click on Water for Life & Livelihoods: The CAVI Model, as explained by Jay Bradley