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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 conserving them.

  • 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.


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    Okanagan Wetlands Regeneration Alliance

    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.

    Please contact:
    Robert MacDonald, Director
    1473 Ethel Street
    Kelowna BC V1Y 2X9
    Telephone: 250.870.2690
    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 Cipes, President
  • 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.
     
     
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