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Community Stories

Storytelling is a powerful tool for change. Our Community Stories inspire and educate, illustrating successful nature-based solutions partnerships within local communities.

We are currently collaborating to create in-depth Community Stories for communities across the country, beginning with the southwest coast region of BC. 

One of the key technologies we use for our Community Stories are ArcGIS “StoryMaps”. StoryMaps are interactive, multimedia webpages that can tell the story of a location or project using maps, visuals and even sound recordings. 

StoryMap Collaborations

These story maps represent a collaboration between Engage with Nature-Based Solutions, the UVic Map Shop and various environmental organizations based near Victoria, BC.

The Bowker Creek Watershed Project

One of ENBS’s larger collaborations, with the Friends of Bowker Creek, resulted in a StoryMap that follows the path of Bowker Creek from its headwaters to its estuary, through urban Victoria and Oak Bay.

Learn About: Rain Gardens, an Urban Nature-Based Solution

Rain gardens are a key nature-based solution in urban areas. Learn more about this important stormwater management technique, and how it can improve ecosystem and human health.

Colquitz River Restoration Project

The Colquitz River Restoration Project aims to restore ecological integrity and resilience to this urban watershed system.

Salish Sea Nearshore Habitat Recovery Project, Chapter 1

SeaChange Marine Conservation Society has worked alongside community partners to recover coastal habitats. In Chapter 1, learn about Marine Restoration on Pender, Lasqueti, and Thetis Islands.

Salish Sea Nearshore Habitat Recovery Project, Chapter 2

In Chapter 2, learn about Eelgrass Restoration and Debris Removal in Sechelt Inlet.

Learn About: Hard and Soft Shorelines

SeaChange works to protect and enhance hard and soft shorelines around the region. Learn more about hard and soft shorelines, and the nature-based solutions that protect soft shorelines from erosion.

Invasive Species in the Clayoquot and Barkley Sound Region

Learn how the Yellow-Flag Iris, an invasive species, impacts the West Coast of BC, and what you can do about it.

Connectivity on the Saanich Peninsula

Biological connectivity and Indigenous knowledge serve important roles in Saanich Peninsula parks. Learn how interconnectivity is a key goal in nature-based solutions work.

WSÁNEĆ Peninsula Environmental Organizations

There are many environmental stewards in WSÁNEĆ territories, working to support ecological restoration, environmental awareness, and the fight against climate change. Meet some of the region’s organizers.

The RUSH Initiative

How do we illustrate the connections between ecosystem and individual health? The RUSH Initiative is working to integrate nature-based solutions into planning and action on Southern Vancouver Island.

Ecological Design in Practice

Image courtesy of Melinda Young Stuart.

What are the principles of ecological design? How do they manifest in nature-based solutions? Join PhD student Pearce Jones in his exploration of ecological design in practice.

Video Collaborations

ENBS is working with local environmental organizations to produce short educational videos about local nature-based solutions.

Peninsula Streams & Creek Bank Restoration

Many urban streams have suffered under colonization and development. How can we restore them to health? Join Ian Bruce to learn about creek restoration that supports the health of salmon and other species on Southern Vancouver Island.

Sandown Centre for Regenerative Agriculture

Regenerative agriculture strives to protect watersheds while improving soil health and biodiversity. Join Emily Harris to learn about agricultural practices at Sandown on the Saanich Peninsula.

The Bowker Creek Watershed

Join Eldon Goldenberg to learn about the Friends of Bowker Creek’s efforts to restore the creek and its watershed. Raingardens are a key feature to support stormwater health, and are a key nature-based solution in urban areas.

Barkley Sound Important Bird Area

Important Bird Areas are federally recognized territories of biological biodiversity. They serve as functioning ecosystems, or nature-based solutions. Join Mark Maftei and others to learn about bird monitoring in the Barkley Sound region, on Vancouver Island’s west coast.

ENBS YouTube Channel has additional videos, including a promotional video that showcases the initiative.

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