One of the main bottlenecks to uptake of nature based solutions is the lack of trained professionals in BC (Eyzaguirre et al. 2020). In 2020, most of the Green Shores® for Homes certifications that existed on mid Vancouver Island were attributable to a single contractor who had taken the Level 2 Green Shores course and was an advocate for Green Shores approaches.
In 2020, most of the shoreline professionals surveyed were generally unfamiliar with many of the nature-based approaches such as: beach nourishment, restoration or construction; retention and placement of stumps and logs as protective features; and removal or modification of structures that impeded longshore sediment movement etc.
It appears that in BC, overall awareness of nature-based approaches and their benefits among municipal staff, local government decision makers, stewardship groups and shoreline professionals as well as knowledge, skills and confidence to explain and implement Green Shores practices are lacking. We believe that with an enabling institutional environment, enhanced capacity to support adoption of nature-based approaches and active champions operating at the community level, the uptake of nature-based approaches will increase, with the concomitant benefits of coastal resilience to climate change.
This activity will involve training of local communities unfamiliar with Nature-based solutions on ECVI to allow for creation of a necessary pool of shoreline practitioners able to implement these approaches. Technical Green Shores Training will be provided to shoreline professionals (engineers, biologists, landscape architects, municipal planners), First Nations, conservation/stewardship groups, and shoreline property owners in these communities. Other more informal training events will take place as "lunch and learn" events which will be provided either remotely or in-person (depending on COVID). Trainees will carry out shoreline assessments for property owners, which will enhance uptake and interest by this important user-group.
Expected results include an increased number of contractors trained and certified in Green Shores approaches on the East Coast of Vancouver Island. It is also expected that growing the cadre of trained contractors with positive attitudes toward Green Shores implementation can influence the level of uptake significantly. Shoreline professionals will receive technical training in: beach nourishment, restoration or construction; retention and placement of stumps and logs as protective features; and removal or modification of structures that impeded longshore sediment movement etc. Further outreach will be achieved by the more informal education and training sessions that are carried out as "lunch and learn" activities for ECVI municipal, consulting firm, engineers and shoreline professional staff.