What is Climate Change Adaptation?
Climate change adaptation refers to any activity that reduces the negative impacts of climate change or takes advantage of new opportunities that emerge. Examples of adaptation include such actions as cultivating different crops, raising dikes and expanding emergency response services in communities. Reductions in GHG emissions are needed to reduce the rate and magnitude of climate change, while adaptation strategies are needed to manage climate change impacts.
For more on climate change and adaptation, check out Adaptation 101 on the Natural Resources Canada website.
BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative Program
The climate in British Columbia is changing. Public and private sector leaders are now seeing the need to assess climate change impacts at the regional and local level to protect communities, safeguard economic activity and sustain environmental health.
Backing these efforts is the BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative (BC RAC) program, part of a national strategy on climate adaptation. The theme of BC RAC is “Preparing for Climate Change — Securing British Columbia's Water Future.” The Fraser Basin Council and BC Ministry of Environment – Climate Action Secretariat work together in managing BC RAC, and funding is from Natural Resources Canada.
The program is being delivered in two phases:
BC RAC Projects
Are you looking for a synopsis of work to date? See BC RAC Highlights (2009-2012).
Do you have a specific area of interest? See Areas of Focus for more on climate change impacts, adaptation options and project work.
Find Adaptation Resources
Here are two ways to find the resources you need:
To learn more about BC RAC, contact:
Jim Vanderwal, Senior Program Manager
T: (250) 953-4883 | E:
The BC RAC Partnership
The BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative (BC RAC) program is coordinated by the Fraser Basin Council and the BC Ministry of Environment – Climate Action Secretariat, with funding from Natural Resources Canada and participation of many project partners.
BC’s Regional Adaptation Collaborative program is one of a number of similar collaborations across the country, within Natural Resource Canada's national program.
To find out more about RAC initiatives in other part of Canada, visit the Natural Resources Canada site.