Residents, planners and decision-makers wanting insight into the current state of our region’s economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being now have access to a preview of that information with the release of the 2012 State of the Basin Snapshot Report. The report, which has been released in advance of the 2012 State of the Basin Detailed Report, provides an abridged version of State of the Basin research findings.
The State of the Basin is an initiative to monitor and report on information relating to well-being in the Columbia Basin Boundary region. With this data, planners and decision-makers can make informed decisions about the future of our region to improve the quality of life for present and future generations.
The State of the Basin was first piloted by Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) in 2008. When the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute (RDI) was created, it brought together CBT and Selkirk College’s research assets and took on the responsibility of providing State of the Basin data moving forward.
“We know we live in a great place and we want to be able to support residents and communities to continue to make it an ever better place to live. In order to be able to make informed decisions about the future of our region, decision makers need the facts.” said Terri MacDonald, RDI Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development. “The 2012 State of the Basin Report, for the most part, refreshes indicators used in 2008. We look forward to expanding our suite of indicators in future years to support a more comprehensive understanding of our region.”
To provide the region with relevant information, the RDI will continue to evolve its approach to monitoring and reporting on information related to well-being within the Columbia Basin Boundary region. Future iterations of the State of the Basin will see indicators reframed using an integrated “well-being” and “sustainable development” framework.
In order to inform future State of the Basin research, residents are invited to complete an online survey. To respond to the survey click here.