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Issue 10
  |  July 2017
 

Extreme Weather and Infrastructure: How Resilient is Your Community?

Engineers Canada

Join Basin municipal managers, planners, engineers, public works administrators and councilors in Castlegar on June 13 and 14 for a free workshop by Engineers Canada. You’ll receive hands-on experience using risk assessment tools and costing infrastructure responses to climate change.  

Register - Draft Agenda - Promotional video from Engineers Canada.

June 7 Webinar Updating on Adaptation in the Basin

Spring in the Mountains

Find out how Basin communities are adapting to climate change. The webinar features three water projects addressing flooding, reduced stream flows and watershed management planning; two infrastructure projects focused on making wise infrastructure investments; plus several initiatives related to communicating climate science and impacts. Register to reserve your seat.

Climate Resilient Bylaws for Basin Communities

Castlegar, Elkford, Kimberley and Rossland are joining forces to develop a model Subdivision Development and Servicing Bylaw that will address potential climate change impacts, adaptations and existing best practices to increase the climate resilience of new subdivisions and existing developments.

Stream Flow Monitoring in the Kaslo and District Community Forest

In response to concerns about potential future water shortages the Kaslo and District Community Forest Society is initiating a new project to track long-term trends in stream flow that may be related to changes in the climate.

Technical Support Team Welcomes New Members

The Technical Support Team’s (TST) newest members, Bob Sandford and Bob Black, bring extensive climate adaptation expertise in the areas of water resources and emergency management, respectively. They join a 17-member team of academics, consultants, and people working in the field of climate change adaptation across North America that provide technical support and adaptation advice to communities participating in the Initiative.

 

EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Ask Us and We Will Come!

CBT’s Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative

CBT’s Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative team is ready to help. Just ask us and we will come to your community for:

  • a brief presentation on the Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative and what it can do for your community;
  • public workshops to discuss how climate change might impact your community, along with how to plan and take action; and/or
  • a day-long Scanning and Planning Workshop to help communities quick-start adaptation planning.

Contact Kate Mahoney, Coordinator, Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative for more information.

3rd Annual Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference

This annual forum fosters a place-based exchange of information about emerging climate, climate impacts, and emerging policy and management activities in the Pacific Northwest. It takes place October 1-2, 2012 in Boise, Idaho.

RESOURCES

Responding to Natural Disturbances and Climate Change

Forrex logo

Targeting BC’s rural communities’ resilience to climate impacts, this article discusses the effects of natural disturbances like wildfires, insect infestation, landslides, floods, drought, storms, avalanches, permafrost melt, forest diseases, erosion, and gradual ecosystem change; and how these disturbances are anticipated to change in the future.

Building Business Resilience in a Changing Climate 

Building Business Resilience in a Changing Climate

The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) recently released two reports providing practical advice and information on climate adaptation in the business sector - an Advisory Report for government and Business Primer for companies.

New Water Balance Model incorporates Climate Change Module

Local governments may wish to check out this new decision support tool that assists in assessing flood risk and climate-related impacts to groundwater and stream flows and how different actions can impact watershed health.

Development Permit Areas (DPA) for Climate Action

Development Permit Areas (DPA) for Climate Action

This new guide is intended to help local governments use their DPA authority to achieve climate action goals related of conserving energy, conserving water and reducing GHG emissions.

BC Agriculture Climate Change Adaptation Risk + Opportunity Assessment

 BC Agriculture Climate Change Adaptation Risk + Opportunity Assessment

This provincial report provides an overview of the implications of climate change for BC’s agriculture sector, including key areas of risk and opportunity, and the factors that will influence the industry’s ability to adapt and thrive.

Lessons Learned on Implementing Climate Adaptation

Headwaters Economics

Get inspired by ten examples of cities and counties around the United States that share key lessons learned in the process of moving from planning to implementation on climate adaptation.

Paving the Way for Climate-Resilient Infrastructure: Guidance for Practitioners and Planners

Paving the Way for Climate-Resilient Infrastructure

A recent report by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) outlines strategies for practitioners and planners on how to incorporate climate-resilience into both public and private infrastructure design, planning and development.

The Carbon Map: Making sense of climate change responsibility and vulnerability

Carbon Map

The Carbon Map, developed by Kiln as an entry for the World Bank’s Apps for Climate competition, uses an animated, distorted and shaded map to convey how different countries.

CBT IN ACTION

In addition to this initiative, CBT is taking the lead and working with a range of partners to:

  • increase Basin residents' awareness of local climate change impacts;
  • provide credible, science-based information on expected local changes in temperature and precipitation; and
  • support local governments, municipalities and First Nations to reduce their emissions through a multi-year mitigation effort.

Visit www.cbt.org/climatechange  to learn more about CBT-supported climate change initiatives including the Carbon Neutral KootenaysCommunities Adapting to Climate Change InitiativeCBT Corporate Emissions Reduction and suggestions for ways you can reduce your carbon footprint.