Increasing Climate Resilience in the Canadian Columbia Basin

"British Columbians are already experiencing climate change and its impacts. Clearly, we need to take steps to ensure that we can adapt as the world around us changes..." BC Climate Action Plan, 2008 

This Adaptation Resource Kit was first developed in 2010 to provide communities in the Canadian Columbia Basin with information and tools to help them become more resilient to climate change impacts and extreme weather. With the conclusion of the Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative in December 2014, this site will be maintained as an archive of helpful resources for Basin communities until a new program is in place.

The Kit is based on the experiences and learnings of the communities that engaged with climate adaptation planning as part of Columbia Basin Trust's Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative (CACCI) from 2008-2014. These communities include:

City of Rossland 
City of Castlegar 
Regional District of Central Kootenay Area D in Partnership with the Village of Kaslo 
City of Kimberley
District of Elkford
Regional District of East Kootenay
District of Sparwood
City of Revelstoke
Village of Salmo
City of Nelson
Regional District of Central Kootenay
Town of Creston
Hamlet of Yahk

Village of Valemount

Five communities undertook year-long adaptation planning projects. To learn more, explore the Phase 1 & 2 community case studies.

This Resource Kit provides a detailed approach to climate change adaptation and resilience based on ten thematic areas:

Decision-making and Communication
Watersheds and Water 
Agriculture and Food Security
Tourism and Recreation
Public Safety and Health
Forestry and Mining
Transboundary Flood Control, Hydro and Energy 

These thematic areas reflect the broad priorities identified by Basin communities and form the basis for the Adaptation Discovery Tool (ADT) and From Dialogue to Action. Click here for more details on the thematic areas: Introduction to Adaptation Actions.

Columbia Basin Trust (the Trust) is committed to taking action on climate change and actively engaging with people living in the Columbia Basin. The Trust will continue to act as convener and facilitator and support existing and emerging climate change initiatives as part of its long-term commitment to support people in the Columbia Basin to achieve social, economic and environmental well-being and self-sufficiency for present and future generations. Learn more about the Trust's Environment Initiatives