February 26, 2015
Municipal leaders, Squamish Nation members, Provincial and Federal Government representatives and observers from stakeholder groups will come together on Bowen Island May 1st for the next Howe Sound Community Forum. Mayor Skeels and Council of The Bowen Island Municipality will be hosts for the event that will be the first forum for the newly elected Municipal representatives focused on the issues of Howe Sound.
The agenda will include:
Progress report from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Operations on the Cumulative Effects Assessment for the Howe Sound Region.
A presentation from The David Suzuki Foundation’s report on Natural Capital of Howe Sound. The report “Sound Investment – measuring the return on Howe Sound’s Ecosystem Assets” is a baseline and first step towards a more comprehensive accounting of natural capital assets.
Squamish Nation will provide an update on their progress towards their marine protection plan following the Howe Sound Science and Knowledge Workshop being held March 27th, co-hosted with the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and David Suzuki Foundation.
Communities and invited speakers will provide updates on priorities for their communities, major projects and initiatives of interest to other Howe Sound communities.
The Howe Sound Community Forum began meeting nearly 15 years ago when members signed onto the Principles for Cooperation. The purpose of the forums is:
To provide a forum for local governments, Regional Districts and First Nations discussion to maintain and enhance the economic, environmental, cultural and social well being of the Howe Sound for the benefit of present and future generations.
Members include: Squamish Nation – District of West Vancouver – Village of Lions Bay – Town of Gibsons – Resort Municipality of Whistler – Village of Pemberton – Bowen Island Municipality – Gambier Island Local Trust – District of Squamish – Metro Vancouver – Sunshine Coast Regional District -Squamish Lillooet Regional District