Abstract Title

Session S-08G: Rethinking Our Waterways: Effective Collaboration with Landowners, Project Partners and Decision Makers

Keywords

Shorelines

Start Date

2-5-2014 8:30 AM

End Date

2-5-2014 10:00 AM

Description

Water is the lifeblood of communities. We depend on it, we value it, and with growing awareness of the potential impacts of population growth, climate change and other pressures within our water resources and watersheds, we must work together to effectively manage and steward our water resources into the future. To address the complexities inherent to watershed and water resource planning at the local scale, the Fraser Basin Council has developed a comprehensive watershed-planning guide to assist organizations and individuals to:• Understand the value of water and watershed planning• Navigate the diversity of current and emerging water issues• Understand the range of planning options available in British Columbia; and,• Build capacity to develop and implement plans to strengthen watershed health and community sustainability. Bringing the right people together to discuss the wide ranging issues within a watershed is no easy task, but when done well, it can be an efficient, credible, and cost effective way to develop integrated and robust solutions that are relevant to, and supported by, the community. Key principles for collaborative multi-stakeholder processes include:• shared purpose and clearly defined incentives to participate;• commitment to the collaborative process;• collectively designed and determined process that suits the needs of the participants; • establish realistic milestones and deadlines to track progress throughout the process; • effective process coordination, oversight and management, including a trusted and credible facilitator.The Shuswap Lake Integrated Planning Process (SLIPP) is a multi-agency planning process focused on improving the health and prosperity of the lakes in the Shuswap watershed in BC’s central interior region. SLIPP provides on on-the-ground example of collaboration for watershed planning and ultimately, improved watershed health. The structure, approach and outcomes from SLIPP are unique in BC and the key lessons are relevant across a wide spectrum of communities, regions and initiatives.

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Rethinking Our Waterways - best practices for collaborative approaches to watershed planning

Room 6E

Water is the lifeblood of communities. We depend on it, we value it, and with growing awareness of the potential impacts of population growth, climate change and other pressures within our water resources and watersheds, we must work together to effectively manage and steward our water resources into the future. To address the complexities inherent to watershed and water resource planning at the local scale, the Fraser Basin Council has developed a comprehensive watershed-planning guide to assist organizations and individuals to:• Understand the value of water and watershed planning• Navigate the diversity of current and emerging water issues• Understand the range of planning options available in British Columbia; and,• Build capacity to develop and implement plans to strengthen watershed health and community sustainability. Bringing the right people together to discuss the wide ranging issues within a watershed is no easy task, but when done well, it can be an efficient, credible, and cost effective way to develop integrated and robust solutions that are relevant to, and supported by, the community. Key principles for collaborative multi-stakeholder processes include:• shared purpose and clearly defined incentives to participate;• commitment to the collaborative process;• collectively designed and determined process that suits the needs of the participants; • establish realistic milestones and deadlines to track progress throughout the process; • effective process coordination, oversight and management, including a trusted and credible facilitator.The Shuswap Lake Integrated Planning Process (SLIPP) is a multi-agency planning process focused on improving the health and prosperity of the lakes in the Shuswap watershed in BC’s central interior region. SLIPP provides on on-the-ground example of collaboration for watershed planning and ultimately, improved watershed health. The structure, approach and outcomes from SLIPP are unique in BC and the key lessons are relevant across a wide spectrum of communities, regions and initiatives.