At Ebbwater we believe in what we do, and we do it as well as we possibly can. We are passionate that Sendai principle #1: Understanding Risk is the best place to start to reduce risk. But our core work, assessing natural hazard and risk, especially in light of a changing climate, is rarely a good news story. This is the case in the recently released report we completed for the Cowichan Valley Regional District along with our colleagues at Palmer Environmental Consulting Group.
It’s extremely gratifying to know that our work is being used and acted on. But of course, we know that this comes at a cost. The news and release of the report came as a surprise to some who are directly impacted – of course the report didn’t change the hazard or risk – but it is understandable that this is how it feels. And that this breeds concern and stress, as outlined in this recent article:
Regardless, we are encouraged by the fortitude being shown by the CVRD on this issue and their strength to publicly disclose this hazard. And, we hope that with senior government support they will work with the community to reduce the risk over time.