Climate Adaptation

Climate Adaptation

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 14:27

ARIC%20Climate%20Adaption%20Handout.jpgBuilding the Columbia Basin-Boundary Region's Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change

The goal of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities-funded project is to support climate adaptation through regional-scale action and collaborative learning. The project began in April 2019 and will conclude in January 2021. 

Partners include: the Regional District of East Kootenay, Regional District of Central Kootenay, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, City of Kimberley, City of Rossland, Village of Silverton, City of Nelson, City of Cranbrook, Town of Golden, University of Victoria’s Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, Simon Fraser’s Adaptation to Climate Change Team, Columbia Basin Trust, Climate Resilience Consulting, and the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation.



Objective 1 : Identify municipal climate vulnerabilities


  • Measure adaptation progress in six case study municipalities using the State of Climate Adaptation and Resilience in the Basin (SoCARB) indicator suite. SoCARB assesses adaptation actions in relation to climate changes and associated community/environmental impacts.
  • Produce six case study assessments to 1) generate detailed climate and hydrological projections to identify the specific risks each municipalities faces and 2) measure performance of past action to identify remaining vulnerabilities
  • Compile results with those from the 2016-2018 pilots to generate a regional perspective on priority vulnerabilities.


Objective 2: Enhance municipal capacity specific to common adaptation themes and priority vulnerabilities


  • Convene three to five Adaptation Theme Teams (ATTs) focused on the priority vulnerabilities. Each team will include representation from case study and pilot municipalities, partner organizations and additional stakeholders where appropriate
  • Host ongoing ATT meetings to: 1) facilitate peer learning and cross-jurisdictional collaborations 2) engage external experts to provide trainings and 3) implement projects that reduce priority vulnerabilities and overcome common barriers to action
  • Provide a 'seed fund ' for ATTs to initiate projects
  • Host an open-invitation Learning Summit and webinar series to build capacity by providing training and facilitating collaborative action around bigger-picture adaptation issues (e.g. , training on low-carbon resilience will simultaneously advance adaptation and reduce emissions)


Objective 3: Advance regional-scale response to climate change


  • Build a regional adaptation network to link and leverage municipal action
  • Coordinate community-scale activities via ATTs to avoid duplication and promote efficient use of resources
  • Mobilize project knowledge throughout the region (and beyond)


This project is being carried out with assistance from the Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.




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:

  1. Better understand community-level climate vulnerabilities in our region

  2. 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.


Knowledge Briefs

Three knowledge briefs--short summaries of the current knowledge--aim to improve readers' understanding of the complex topic of rural climate adaptation.


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.


Summary Report: Measuring Progress on climate change adaptation in the Columbia Basin

Final Report: Indicators of climate adaptation in the Columbia Basin

Climate resilience indicator literature review


This project received financial support from our sponsors: