Phase 1 and 2 Community Action Plans

"Climate adaptation forces a long term, intergenerational approach to planning for the future." - Local Coordinator for Kimberley's Adaptation Project

The City of Rossland began their six-step adaptation planning process in September 2009. Between 2008-2010, five Basin communities completed comprehensive year-long climate change adaptation planning processes through CBT's Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative. 

The community projects generally followed CBT's six-step planning process to develop their adaptation action plans:

1. Get Started
2. Learn About Climate Change
3. Identify Priorities in Your Community
4. Assess Vulnerability and Risk
5. Develop Adaptation Strategies and Actions
6. Implement and Monitor Plans

CBT Fact Sheet: Six Steps to Successful Adaptation Planning

Columbia Basin Case Studies Final Report

The final reports, executive summaries and a brief overview of the five communities' processes are provided below:

City of Castlegar

Members of Castlegar's Steering Committee display their impact map at a public meeting.The City of Castlegar led their own planning process, which followed CBT's six-step process. The project was guided by a citizen-based steering committee, local government elected officials, City staff, and was managed by a coordinator who was a City staff member. The City partnered with Engineers Canada to address the infrastructure portion of their project.

Castlegar's focus areas:

  • Water Availability
  • Food Security
  • Municipal Stormwater Systems

Concurrent with the Adapting to Climate Change project, the City of Castlegar updated their Official Community Plan (OCP) and Infrastructure Strategy to include project recommendations. 

City of Castlegar - Final Action Plan Report  -  Case Study

City of Rossland

The City of Rossland delegated the City of Rossland Sustainability Commission to lead the planning process, which followed CBT's six-step process. The project was guided by a 13-member steering committee and Local Resource Team comprised of residents, members of the Sustainability Commission, City councillors, and City staff, and was managed by a local coordinator.

Rossland's focus areas:

  • Water Availability
  • Energy
  • Municipal Infrastructure
  • Food Security

Simon Fraser University’s Adaptation to Climate Change Team was hired to conduct research for the project. The team completed two Preliminary Reports on Rossland’s historic and future climate.

City of Rossland - Final Action Plan Report   -  Executive Summary  -  Case Study

Regional District of Central Kootenay Area D in partnership with the Village of Kaslo

Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) Area D and the Village of Kaslo followed CBT's six-step process for their adaptation planning process. The project was guided by a steering committee comprised of rural and village residents, Village staff and elected officials, and was managed by a local coordinator. This was the first project in the Columbia Basin that addressed climate change impacts and adaptation through a rural lens.

RDCK/Area D & Kaslo's focus areas:

  • Water Availability and Quality
  • Local Food Production

RDCK/Area D and Kaslo - Final Action Plan Report  -  Appendix C (actions)  -  Case Study

District of Elkford

CAO for the District of Elkford, Corien Speaker and Megan Lohmann, consultant for Ellkford's adaptation project, participate in a workshops to help Phase 2 community projects get started (October 2009). The District of Elkford’s interest in the Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative resulted from a desire to see the implications of future climatic changes incorporated into their new Official Community Plan (OCP). At the time, Elkford was the first community in British Columbia to integrate climate change adaptation into an OCP. Elkford now has an OCP that contains an integrated Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy.

Elkford's focus areas:

  • Wildfire
  • Flooding
  • Water Availability and Quality 

Elkford’s process consisted of seven steps. Each phase was completed by a climate change consulting team, except the final step, which was led by the District of Elkford. 

District of Elkford - Final Action Plan Report   -  Case Study

City of Kimberley

The City of Kimberley’s project followed three stages: Learn, Share Plan that broadly related to CBT's six-step process. Kimberley's project was guided by a multi-stakeholder steering committee and had the benefit of 
significant involvement by city staff and councillors. Kimberley addressed climate change impact vulnerabilities and sensitivities associated with the natural environment, the built environment and the socio-economic environment. 
Kimberley's focus areas:
  • Natural Environment: Water and Forests
  • Built Environment: Municipal Infrastructure
  • Socioeconomic: Tourism
City of Kimberley - Final Action Plan Report  -  Executive Summary  -  Case Study