Climate Adaptation Indicators Project: Piloting and Refining the SoCARB Approach
With the overall goal of building the capacity of Columbia Basin-Boundary local governments to enhance their community's resilience to climate change, the State of Climate Adaptation Project, which ran from fall 2016 to spring 2018, had two primary objectives:
Better understand community-level climate vulnerabilities in our region
Pilot and refine the State of Climate Adaptation and Resilience in the Basin (SoCARB) indicator suite with the intention of developing an approach to adaptation measurement that could be readily implemented by Basin-Boundary local governments.
The project took a partnership approach to adaptation measurement in four pilot communities. The project was made possible with financial support from the Real Estate Foundation of BC and the Rural Policy Learning Commons.
Three knowledge briefs--short summaries of the current knowledge--aim to improve readers' understanding of the complex topic of rural climate adaptation.
Rural Climate Change Adaptation Part I: this first of the 3 knowledge briefs tackles the question of what is adaptation and how adaptation is done.
Challenges of Climate Change Adaptation Part II: this second brief of 3 knowledge briefs looks specifically at the challenges rural communities face when it comes to climate change adaptation and offers examples and resources.
Climate Change Adaptation Planning to Implementation Part III: this final knowledge brief is all about implementation, with several case studies, an appendix of key resources, and links to video clips.
Community Assessment Reports
These reports detail results from an analysis of 40 - 50 indicators of local climate changes, community impacts, environmental impacts and community response.
Webinar: Building Capacity for Rural Climate Adaptation
Delivered in partnership with the Rural Policy Learning Commons, the webinar discussed overall project results and lessons learned relating to the delivery of climate adaptation intiatives in rural areas.
Final Report and Adaptation Measurement Resources
The project's final report provides an overview of results from the community assessments and the evaluation of the SoCARB approach. It also includes information on important lessons related to the process of rural climate adaptation measurement. The final section of the report includes a description of resources generated through the project that other communities can use to engage in adaptation measurement. These resources act as a 'toolkit' for climate adaptation measurement in the Columbia Basin and other parts of rural Canada.
Climate Adaptation Indicators Project: Laying the Groundwork
The RDI partnered with Columbia Basin Trust's Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative in 2014 to explore how Columbia Basin communities could measure their progress in adapting to climate change. The project generated the State of Climate Adaptation and Resilience in the Basin (SoCARB) approach to adaptation measurement. The approach relies on a suite of indicators that use State of the Basin indicators as their foundation.
The project built regional capacity for climate adaptation by generating a "made in the Basin" approach to measuring adaptation progress. The indicator suite is intended to help communities understanding local climate changes, measure the impact of adaptation efforts, and make informed decisions about future action. The SoCARB approach uses five "Adaptation Pathways" (centred on regional adaptation priorities) and a Community Resilience Index. The project's final report provides guidance on how the SoCARB approach can be adapted for other rural Canadian regions.
This project received financial support from our sponsors: