Building the Columbia Basin-Boundary Region's Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change
Since 2014, the RDI has engaged in applied research related to community climate adaptation. Read on for information on our current project. For information on past projects, see our Projects Archive. For comprehensive climate change and impacts information relevant to the Columbia Basin and Boundary regions, see Columbia Basin Climate Source--the result of a partnership between Columbia Basin Trust, the RDI and the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre.
The goal of our current Federation of Canadian Municipalities-funded project is to support climate adaptation through regional-scale action and collaborative learning. The project began in April 2019 and will conclude in January 2021.
Partners include: the Regional District of East Kootenay, Regional District of Central Kootenay, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, City of Kimberley, City of Rossland, Village of Silverton, City of Nelson, City of Cranbrook, Town of Golden, University of Victoria’s Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, Simon Fraser’s Adaptation to Climate Change Team, Columbia Basin Trust, Climate Resilience Consulting, and the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation.
Objective 1 : Identify municipal climate vulnerabilities
- Measure adaptation progress in six case study municipalities using the State of Climate Adaptation and Resilience in the Basin (SoCARB) indicator suite. SoCARB assesses adaptation actions in relation to climate changes and associated community/environmental impacts.
- Produce six case study assessments to 1) generate detailed climate and hydrological projections to identify the specific risks each municipalities faces and 2) measure performance of past action to identify remaining vulnerabilities
- Compile results with those from the 2016-2018 pilots to generate a regional perspective on priority vulnerabilities.
Objective 2: Enhance municipal capacity specific to common adaptation themes and priority vulnerabilities
- Convene three to five Adaptation Theme Teams (ATTs) focused on the priority vulnerabilities. Each team will include representation from case study and pilot municipalities, partner organizations and additional stakeholders where appropriate
- Host ongoing ATT meetings to: 1) facilitate peer learning and cross-jurisdictional collaborations 2) engage external experts to provide trainings and 3) implement projects that reduce priority vulnerabilities and overcome common barriers to action
- Provide a 'seed fund ' for ATTs to initiate projects
- Host an open-invitation Learning Summit and webinar series to build capacity by providing training and facilitating collaborative action around bigger-picture adaptation issues (e.g. , training on low-carbon resilience will simultaneously advance adaptation and reduce emissions)
Objective 3: Advance regional-scale response to climate change
- Build a regional adaptation network to link and leverage municipal action
- Coordinate community-scale activities via ATTs to avoid duplication and promote efficient use of resources
- Mobilize project knowledge throughout the region (and beyond)
This project is being carried out with assistance from the Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.