CBT's Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative

"Successful adaptation does not mean that impacts will not occur, only that they will be less severe than would be experienced if no adaptation has occurred." - Natural Resources Canada (2007) Impacts to Adatation: Canada in a Changing Climate

Initiative Overview

Kristin Aasen, the City of Castlegar's project coordinator, meets with David Lapp from Engineers Canada to discuss Castlegar's infrastructure.


The Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative (CACCI) helped 14 Columbia Basin communities increase their resiliency to climate change at the local level. It accomplished this by supporting communities in identifying the range of potential impacts they may face, assessing their local vulnerabilities, and developing a project(s) to address key climate change impacts. 

CACCI was spearheaded by Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) and supported by advisors from a wide range of academic and governmental institutions, as well as community development practitioners, consulting scientists and other experts.

Evolution of CACCI

CACCI evolved over three stages, beginning with a pilot involving two project communities (Kimberley and Elkford) in Phase 1 (2008-2009). The learnings from the pilot helped propel three communities through Phase 2 (2009-2010) (Castlegar, Rossland, Regional District of Central Kootenay Area D in partnership with Kaslo).  The initiative was signicantly streamlined for Phase 3 (2011-2014), and has involved nine communities (Revelstoke, Sparwood, Salmo, Nelson, Yahk, Valemount, Creston and the Regional Districts of Central Kootenay and East Kootenay).

The table below shows how delivery of the initiative evolved between 2008-2014.

Learning Network

The Learning Network was originally established in June 2008 to support local governments in the Columbia Basin (both staff and elected officials) and their partners in learning about, and preparing for, the impacts of climate change at the local level. As of December 2014 the Learning Network had close to 200 members. It featured a quarterly e-letter, webinars to share information on innovative adaptation projects in the Basin, as well as occasional field trips to explore specific adaptation challenges and/or actions on the ground.

Technical Support TeamMembers of CBT's Technical Support Team participate in a workshop with local government staff and elected officials to discuss climate change impacts in the Columbia Basin.

CBT's CACCI Technical Support Team (TST) was comprised of scientists, academics, government officials, consultants, and others working in the field of climate change adaptation. TST members volunteered their time to the initiative, providing high level technical advice to assist project communities. 

Advisory Committee

CBT's CACCI Advisory Committee was formed to provide advice to CBT on the general direction of the initiative and its strategic components. It also provided important guidance on topics such as communications, monitoring and funding opportunities, and served as a key link to adaptation activities in the province and beyond.

Communities in the CBT Region

CBT works with communities in the Canadian Columbia River Basin. Visit cbt.org/thebasin to learn more.