Drinking water protection and economic diversification among top sustainability issues in rural BC – new research
by Jennifer Nichols, posted on 10:52 AM, December 19, 2012
Research Provides Local Governments with Tools and Recommendations for Successful Rural Sustainability Planning in BC
The Fraser Basin Council’s Smart Planning for Communities program has completed a research project investigating the application of integrated community sustainability planning (ICSP) by regional districts and small municipalities for rural areas of British Columbia.
The research identifies:
1) what makes a successful sustainability process for a rural area in BC;
2) what actions are suitable for a rural sustainability strategy; and
3) the rural areas’ relationship with urban and provincial sustainability goals.
The study, funded by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), finds that communities in rural areas of the province consider protecting drinking water supplies (80%) and pursuing economic diversification (60%) as the most important aspects of a successful sustainability strategy. Over one hundred local government elected officials and staff, along with academics and consultants, participated in surveys and focus group sessions as part of this research.
The full report with the research results and a summary of tools and recommendations for successful ICSP process for rural BC can be downloaded from our Resources page: http://smartplanningbc.ca/tools_resources.html.
For more information about the research paper:
Joan Chess, MCIP, RPP