Fresh Water Sustainability is in Our Hands!
In June 2010, the ‘Dialogue in Nanaimo’ was the venue for the formal launch of Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Implementing a New Culture for Urban Watershed Protection and Restoration in British Columbia. John Finnie, Chair of CAVI - Convening for Action on Vancouver Island, made the announcement on behalf of the ‘convening for action’ partnership. John Finnie is General Manager, Regional and Community Utilities, with the Regional District of Nanaimo.
Sponsored by BC Hydro, and faciliated by Kathy Bishop, the Dialogue in Nanaimo was co-hosted by Leadership BC-Vancouver Island and the the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance. The key theme of the day was: "What can we do together for Vancouver Island to become a flagship model of fresh water sustainability?"
“Beyond the Guidebook 2010 describes how water sustainability can and will be achieved through implementation of green infrastructure policies and practices. Getting there relies on a change in mind-set,” he stated.
“Beyond the Guidebook 2010 is outcome-oriented. When the right people with the right knowledge are involved at the right time to apply informed judgment in a collaborative process, the outcome-oriented approach saves time and money.”
“The Guidebook reference is to Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia, released in 2002. Looking back, we can see that the Guidebook was a catalyst for change that has resulted in British Columbia achieving international recognition as a leader in implementing a green infrastructure approach to rainwater management," concluded John Finnie.
“It is a great resource, well written ... Down to earth, and in line with what CAVI and Action Plan speak about... The new business as usual, connecting the dots and giving useful tools and roadmaps for success. It is an easy read, and captivating with the stories, quotes and pictures,” added Kathy Bishop.
TO LEARN MORE: To view a video clip posted on YouTube that shows John Finnie making the announcement, click here.To read two stories posted on the Water Bucket website, click on the links below:
- 'Dialogue in Nanaimo': Fresh Water Sustainability is in Our Hands!
- CAVI Chair John Finnie announced launch of ‘Beyond the Guidebook 2010’ at the ‘Dialogue in Nanaimo’ on June 11, 2010
To access the homepage for Beyond the Guidebook 2010, click here.