The 3rd Annual Vancouver Island Symposium on Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate takes place April 22-24, 2020. This event is part of an ongoing series that highlights the power of collaboration between local government, elected leaders, environmental non-governmental organization, and industry professionals on Vancouver Island. The collaboration is essential to mobilize and respond effectively to the impacts of climate change and protect the ecology and hydrology in the built and natural environment.

The two-day symposium features 7-panel presentations covering topics ranging from collaboration on climate change issues to landscape-scale restoration initiatives to strategies for reconnecting the infrastructure of our communities to the natural hydrology and ecology.

This event offers an excellent professional development opportunity for individuals who work in or with local government, First Nations government, environmental management and consulting, land development, education, and community engagement. Individuals interested in climate change adaptation and water sustainability will also benefit from this event.

This event is co-hosted by Comox Valley locals Tim Ennis, Executive Director for the Comox Valley Land Trust, and Meaghan Cursons, Executive Director of Cumberland Community Forest Society, in partnership with Paul Chapman (Nanaimo & Area Land Trust), and Kim Stephens (Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC).

“With changes that are increasingly impacting our climate, we can see why there is a need to inspire action on these issues and collaborate,” said Ennis.

The Water Symposium will feature speakers from the Comox Valley and beyond who bring a wide range of experience in water sustainability, climate change, and issues within local government. Each speaker will offer insight into the key messages, ranging from water sustainability to natural assets as ecological systems and services.

“This is a very exciting time in our community for collaboration between government and the local nonprofit sector and its producing real results on the path to climate resilience. The symposium will link together the work being done across the landscape and illustrate how protecting and restoring natural systems is central to the sustainability of our communities,” stated Meaghan Cursons.

The symposium takes place at the Florence Filberg Centre at 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay. Early bird tickets are available until February 29th, and full registration opens on March 1st, 2020.

The Comox Valley Conservation Partnership is grateful to their partners and sponsors supporting this event. Symposium partners include Comox Valley Conservation Partnership, Nanaimo & Area Land Trust, and Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC. Sponsors for the event include Connected by Water, the Village of Cumberland, and the Town of Comox.

For more information on speakers, sponsors, and topics, please visit:

https://www.cvlandtrust.ca/2020-symposium/.

Tim Ennis

Executive Director, Comox Valley Land Trust