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2 nd Okanagan Basin Ecosystem Conference Making Ecosystem Connections: Partnerships for a Restored Okanagan Basin Habitat. Follow-Up Discussion from Spokane The Paradigm Shift:

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2nd Okanagan Basin Ecosystem ConferenceMaking Ecosystem Connections:Partnerships for a Restored Okanagan Basin Habitat

Follow-Up Discussion from Spokane

The Paradigm Shift:

A Discussion Paper on Designing a Collaborative Community Transboundary Ecosystem-based Aquatics Plan for the Okanagan Portion of the Columbia River Watershed

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Discussion Paper Outline
  • Introduces context, and all the Canadian and US Organizations involved in fisheries, water quality, water quantity, and watershed health / management
  • Discusses how to include community organizations and their knowledge in a meaningful way in the plans for environmental protection, restoration and stability
  • Suggests how community action contributes to management as well as economic, social and environmental stability
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Discussion Paper Contents:

Community to Community Trans-border Collaboration

What meaningful things can US and Canadian Non-government Groups do together for our watershed?

  • Develop a common community-based transboundary watershed vision for the Okanagan
  • Develop a common workplan for coordination of community toward non-government group aquatic ecosystem protection, planning and restoration and define appropriate mechanisms for linking to government technical efforts
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  • Establish what transboundary communications and networking opportunities exist and adopt a mechanism for communications between all groups
  • Establish what resources and tools exist, identify needs remaining, and develop strategy to partner with organizations that might mutually benefit from addressing identified needs
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  • Advise government staff on community vision, interests, abilities, and needs
  • Advocate for political support, funding and projects
  • Identify potential shared projects
  • Others? To be discussed in workshop…
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Community to Government Linkages

What does community need from government?

  • Develop (with community) and commit to a policy on the role of community organizations (NGOs) at various levels of in decision-making on watershed planning, management and restoration issues.
  • Work with community on common approaches to transboundary watershed issues and how they will be addressed
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  • Recognize, and provide capacity support for, community efforts that address common issues on aquatic ecosystem health
  • Endorse, commit to use, and provide capacity support for a community-designed transboundary community communication / coordination mechanism
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  • Partner and provide technical support in project coordination and delivery
  • Work with community to define appropriate linkages to government efforts for transboundary aquatic ecosystem restoration, and commitment to use these linkages in achievement of aquatic ecosystem health goals.
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Next Steps

  • Today’s workshop will help flush out these points and identify level of interest in proceeding with various components of discussion
  • If there is interest we will identify ways to continue discussion
  • Information will be rolled up and given back to community and government