Everything you wanted to know about the region we live in is likely found in the recently releqased 2013 State of the Basin report.
RDI Pulls Together Key Information
Prepared by the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute (RDI) and in the works for several years, the 2013 report updates and builds on the work produced in the 2008 State of the Basin report. The 75-page long report and 16-page graphic-based snapshot report provide an important sketch of southeastern British Columbia.
“The goal is to benchmark and increase our collective understanding of well-being in the region and to promote discussion on where we are at and where we might want to go,” says Dr. Terri Macdonald, Regional Innovation Chair for the RDI. “In this report we provide a picture of this region at a given moment in time in a report that explores economic, social, cultural and environmental conditions and trends.”
The recently released 2013 State of the Basin report explores the four pillars of the region – economic, social, cultural and environmental.
In 2006, the Columbia Basin Trust responded to long-standing requests for information on economic, social, environmental and other trends in the region by launching the State of the Basin initiative. Resulting from the work of project consultants, a volunteer working group, Columbia Basin Trust staff and more than 50 expert advisors, the first State of the Basin report was put together in 2008. Response to the 2008 project indicated that the State of the Basin initiative addressed an important need for information in the region, and that future iterations would be of benefit to local communities and organizations.
A Partnership with Selkirk
The Columbia Basin Trust transferred responsibility of the State of the Basin initiative in 2011 when a partnership was created with Selkirk College to create the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute.
Selkirk College staff and students are encouraged to visit cbrdi.ca, to sign up for the RDI e-newsletter, and to explore the full text of the long report and the snapshot report. Access to the online survey can also be found using the links from the homepage. You can also find out more about this story at selkirk.ca.
The Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute is based at the Selkirk College Castlegar Campus.