To develop consistent ecological standards and practices, the South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program (SOSCP) and four of its local government partners (Summerland, Oliver, Keremeos and the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen) have created a regional environmental planning table and implemented a collaborative approach to capacity building.
“The ‘regional team approach’ has made possible the District of Summerland’s Environmentally Sensitive Development Permit Areas bylaw,” states Bryn White, SOSCP Manager. “This initiative recognizes that settlement change and ecology are equal values and they must be as much in balance as possible for the wellbeing of human and natural systems.”
To learn more about how the ‘regional team approach’ is being implemented, click on Convening for Action in the South Okanagan-Similkameen,
News Release #2010-26
July 13, 2010