Proposed Abstract Title

Green Shores training for shoreline decision-makers in British Columbia

Presenter/Author Information

DG Blair, Stewardship Centre for BC

Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

Going Beyond Regulations to Green Our Shorelines

Location

2016SSEC

Description

This presentation will describe a new training program for shoreline decision-makers to help them utilize Green Shores in their shoreline projects. Green ShoresTM is a program that promotes sustainable use of shoreline ecosystems through education, planning, and design that recognizes the ecological features and functions of shoreline systems. As an alternative to hard amouring solutions like seawalls, to climate change and sea level rise, Green Shores encourages practical strategies for shoreline design and management and the promotion of healthy shoreline and marine environments- yet many people are unfamiliar with the program. Two levels of pilot training are underway- Introduction (Level I) and Advanced (Level II). Participants will gain an understanding of application of Green Shores through a series of desktop and field exercises. The training will conclude with a guided group discussion around how to implement key concepts and put new learning into practice. The training will be of interest to professionals, local and regional government staff, elected officials, landowners, conservation organizations, and others seeking practical knowledge about ecologically-resilient shoreline adaptation. While the project is located in BC, the training developed can ultimately be transferred and delivered to audiences nation-wide or internationally.

Key Words: green shorelines, training, outreach, curriculum

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Green Shores training for shoreline decision-makers in British Columbia

2016SSEC

This presentation will describe a new training program for shoreline decision-makers to help them utilize Green Shores in their shoreline projects. Green ShoresTM is a program that promotes sustainable use of shoreline ecosystems through education, planning, and design that recognizes the ecological features and functions of shoreline systems. As an alternative to hard amouring solutions like seawalls, to climate change and sea level rise, Green Shores encourages practical strategies for shoreline design and management and the promotion of healthy shoreline and marine environments- yet many people are unfamiliar with the program. Two levels of pilot training are underway- Introduction (Level I) and Advanced (Level II). Participants will gain an understanding of application of Green Shores through a series of desktop and field exercises. The training will conclude with a guided group discussion around how to implement key concepts and put new learning into practice. The training will be of interest to professionals, local and regional government staff, elected officials, landowners, conservation organizations, and others seeking practical knowledge about ecologically-resilient shoreline adaptation. While the project is located in BC, the training developed can ultimately be transferred and delivered to audiences nation-wide or internationally.

Key Words: green shorelines, training, outreach, curriculum