Local Government and Community Action 

"CBT understands that climate change impacts are felt directly at the community level and increasing community resiliency to deal with impacts is important." - CBT Fact Sheet: Planning for Climate Change

Local governments and communities are on the front line of weather- and climate change-related impacts and therefore have a critical role to play in increasing climate resilience at a local level. Local governments have many opportunities to address climate resilience in their operations through official community plans, bylaws and permitting, infrastructure responsibilities and funding support for community groups taking steps to adapt. Individuals can also take actions in respect of their homes and lifestyles to help reduce the impacts of climate change.

Increasing Climate Resilience 

After communities learn about the risks and impacts of climate change they may choose to develop a climate resilience plan. 

Click here to see the adaptation action tools provided in this Resource Kit. If your community would like to increase its climate resiliency, contact Columbia Basin Trust's CACCI Coordinator for more information on resources to get you started. 

Ten Areas for Action

Water availability and water quality have been priority issue areas for all project communities. Communities that participated in CACCI identified priority areas for action on climate resilience (also called "thematic" areas). Additional priority areas are described in From Dialogue to Action. Ten priority or thematic areas are covered in this Kit:

1. Decision Making and Communications
2. Infrastructure
3. Watersheds and Water
4. Wildfire
5. Agriculture and Food Security
6. Tourism and Recreation
7. Public Health and Safety
8. Transportation
9. Forestry and Mining
10. Transboundary Flood Control, Hydro and Energy

More information on the thematic areas and potential actions are contained in the Impacts and Adaptation Actions section of this Resource Kit. These impacts and actions have been compiled into a complete document available for download called the Climate Change Adaptation Discovery Tool (ADT).