Report to the Community
Bringing the Wetlands Home
Human behaviour is grounded in values, changes in societal behaviour will only
occur as societal values change. The Wetlands pilot project in Lake Country has provided
a large source of information from which we will draw inspiration as we proceed
with our efforts over the coming years. In addition to supporting those efforts, we
ask you to consider the following list of prospective initiatives and outcomes:
Develop a public marketing/education strategy to target rural and urban
audiences (e.g. landowners, business, youth, planners, teachers, politicians)
about wetlands, based on their functions of providing clean water, flood protection,
carbon sequestration, biodiversity and places to learn and enjoy, in order to
capture attention about their importance, vulnerability and ways to get involved in
Develop a focussed agenda for wetland action in which the media, schools
and the public can take part.
Encourage the development of a wetlands festival with a focus on education
and celebration. Organize this through watershed associations.
Encourage family and youth-oriented activities around wetlands including
heritage regeneration and wild foraging days.
Develop and equip a network of high profile and well publicized wetland sites
as foci for public and school education and tourism.
Encourage new "centres of excellence" to foster partnerships, integration,
cross-curricular programming, and experiential and inclusive programs.
Link nonformal centres teaching wetland education to coordinate and
improve programs and provide support services to teachers.
Work to have wetlands become a highly visible component of the school
curriculum at all levels; from this will come demand for teacher training, professional
development and other support services.
Develop new wetland programs and resource materials that enhance
ecological literacy of participants and are based on excellence standards. Have an
independent body review and rate existing materials and programs (including textbooks) so
teachers can decide on their value and improvements can be made.
Involve citizens, corporations and foundations in providing resources to help
fund wetland education activities.
Develop a variety of meaningful action-oriented wetland projects that
students and the public can get involved in with community support. Have recognition
associated with these to reward and celebrate excellence. Incorporate mentoring
and peer teaching.
The Okanagan Wetlands Regeneration Alliance
welcomes participation from members of the public, and
from organizations and institutions of all kinds. We will
be conducting a number of public information sessions
over the next months and invite your attendence.
Please contact us here.
Okanagan Wetlands Regeneration Alliance
is a group of progressive citizens, groups, companies, institutions, organizations and communities who want to put nature back into the centre of Okanagan life.
The Alliance was formed to apply the principals of
ecology to the wetlands of the
Okanagan Basin, which are the source and heart of the
future of human habitation and economy of this
area, and which are in continuous need of study, understanding and regeneration.
Robert MacDonald, Director
1473 Ethel Street
Kelowna BC V1Y 2X9
Email: click here
The Partners in the Wetlands Alliance are
Okanagan Basin Water Board
District of Lake Country: James Baker, Mayor
Okanagan Greens: Angela Reid, President
Okanagan Institute: Robert MacDonald, Director
Okanagan College: Douglas MacLeod, Associate Dean, Science and Technology
Community Futures of the Central Okanagan: Larry Widmer, Director
Summerhill Organics and Wildcraft: Gabe
Okanagan Nation: Chad Eneas, En'owkin Centre
Okanagan Network for the Environment: Deb Thorneycroft, Coordinator
Aspire Media Works: Geoff Millar, President
The Alliance welcomes participation from members of the public, as well as from
companies, organizations and institutions of all kinds.