Measuring Progress on Climate Adaptation

State of Climate Adaptation and Resilience in the Basin (SoCARB)

Using Columbia Basin ‘State of the Basin’ Indicators to Measure Climate Adaptation was undertaken by the Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative (CACCI) in cooperation with the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute (RDI) at Selkirk College. It was funded by Natural Resources Canada and Columbia Basin Trust. 

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Final report
Summary report
Literature review
Introductory video

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About the project

Measuring progress on climate adaptation and climate resilience using indicators is an important component of climate adaptation. Indicators are helpful for informing residents, organizations, and governments regarding key trends in climate adaptation and resilience, facilitating understanding of complex issues, evaluating the effectiveness of various adaptation measures, and motivating change.

The project goals were to develop a suite of regional-level climate change indicators to measure community climate adaptation efforts, assist communities in understanding climate change and adaptation, help decision makers in the Basin make informed decisions and measure the success of adaptation efforts. The SoCARB indicator suite includes current State of the Basin indicators that help measure various aspects of climate adaptation.

The primary audiences for this work are local governments and engaged community members in the Columbia Basin. Secondary audiences include Basin residents, businesses, and community groups, as well as other organizations, governments and researchers in Canada interested in measuring climate adaptation using indicators.

Moreover, the conceptual models developed and process utilized to create the SoCARB should be applicable to other communities or agencies in Canada interested in developing their own “State of Climate Adaptation” program.