Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Bryn White talks about the South Okanagan-Similkameen Conservation Partnership

Bryn White is the coordinator of the South Okanagan-Similkameen Conservation Partnership, an innovative coalition of regionally based organizations. SOSCP membes share a common interest in sustainable development and conservation of land. The partnership format provides a mechanism for diverse interests to come together, learn from each other, and develop complementary approaches to land use related challenges in the South Okanagan-Similkameen region.

CITinfoResource editor hanspetermeyer talks to Bryn about SOSCP's capacity building work amongst local government and non-governmental organizations in the region. This is the first in a series of conversations between CITinfoResource and land use/conservation focussed non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

This interview was recorded on January 7, 2010.

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  1. Thanks for this Hans. An interactive forum is needed.

    Communities in transition is such a real concept as more and more people hear something that changes their behaviour. Slowly we are learning on a "public" or "mass" level that the idea of conserving natural areas and linking them together over time is not some hairbrained idiot's idea but is essential to the maintenance of biodiversity.

    I suppose the concept of biodiversity is the crux of what is not well understood yet and will form the basis of the transition.

    The term crosses all aspects of life and society. As we work towards biodiversity we must consider social justice. The rejoicing and celebrating of our differences and what each brings to the table can not florish in a society with advantages to the few. We must consider the economy for it is by becoming stewards of biodiversity we remain resilient to what the future may bring and protect the very underpinning of our natural resources and environmental services to successfully meet that future. We must consider the environment as the "floor" it all rests on.

    As the concept of diversity is understood by more and more people the transition to a more positive and healthy, sustainable future will unfold.


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