Integrated Management Planning for the Annapolis River Watershed
Integrated Watershed Management (IWM) can be defined as "the process of managing human activities and natural resources on a watershed basis. This approach allows us to protect important water resources, while at the same time addressing critical issues such as the current and future impacts of rapid growth and climate change"(Conservation Ontario).
In 2017 CARP received funding to undertake a strategic planning project that focuses on integrated resource management in the watershed.
The project will be a consultative process with community members and stakeholders in the Annapolis River watershed that will guide the integration of community and stakeholder values, CARP’s organizational strategy, and the Municipality of the County of Annapolis’ Economic Development Strategy, toward ecological management actions that support cultural, social, economic, and environmental values.
This project will allow CARP to link its organizational planning to components of the County of Annapolis’ Economic Development Strategy, most notably the 2050 target to “reduce, remediate and manage contamination of Annapolis County land, air and water”.
Key project milestones include:
1. Planning and delivery of three public consultation meetings in three locations spread throughout Annapolis County;
2. Planning and delivery of two consultation and strategic planning meetings with identified stakeholder groups in Annapolis County (e.g. agriculture, forestry, fisheries, tourism).
3. The production of a summary report that outlines results of the meetings, informs collaborative strategies and actions that will maximize environmental, social, cultural, and economic benefits to residents and stakeholders.
Dates are now set for the Community Engagement Sessions, and members of the public are highly encouraged to attend one of these events. If you cannot attend the meetings, an online or paper copy form will be made available to collect your feedback.
This project has been made possible thanks to the financial support of: