This one-day workshop introduces participants to basic shoreline ecosystem principles and management practices, with emphasis on the purpose and application of the Green Shores rating systems. The content is of interest to landowners, conservation organizations, local government staff, elected officials, real estate agents, and others who have a general interest in shoreline protection.
Topics covered include an overview of shoreline ecology including threats and improvements, an overview of shoreline governance, and an introduction to the Green Shores program. A visit to local shorelines will allow participants to consider the concepts in a practical setting. The workshop will conclude with a guided group discussion around how to implement key concepts and put new learning into practice.
Pre-registration is required as space is limited to 20 participants.
Level 1 training is currently free thanks to Environment and Climate Change Canada's Climate Action and Awareness Fund for the "Strengthening Adoption of Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Adaptation and Shoreline Resilience in British Columbia project 2021-2026" - a collaborative project of the Pacific Salmon Foundation and the Stewardship Centre for BC - as well as support from Green Shores Local Government Working Group communities. Contact email@example.com for more information.
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
Explain the value of shoreline ecosystems and the physical processes that contribute to shoreline formation
Summarize the impacts of human activity, invasive species, and climate change on shorelines
Identify examples of shoreline improvements
Outline responsibilities with respect to shoreline management
Explain the benefits of the Green Shores program
List the Green Shores application requirements and credit categories
Outline the steps and responsibilities involved in implementing a Green Shores project by both the homeowner and a professional
Identify Green Shores credits that a project is likely to qualify for
This workshop is held in various locations across BC.
There are no prerequisites needed to take this workshop.
Participants do not need to purchase any materials for this workshop. Electronic resources will be sent to participants for review prior to the workshop. Some print and electronic resources will be provided during the workshop, and participants will be sent additional electronic resources after the workshop.
Please dress appropriately for the weather as a portion of this workshop will take place outdoors. Wear comfortable footwear for walking on shorelines. Bring a bag lunch.