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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 and begin planning for adaptation 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, which is one of a number of similar collaborations across the country within Natural Resource Canada’s national program. BC RAC aims to strengthen regional capacity and increase action to advance adaptation planning and implementation in local governments, First Nations governments, and the natural resource sector. BC RAC covers several key focus areas related to adaptation, including:

  • Community Adaptation
  • Water Allocation and Use
  • Coastal Flood Management
  • Forestry, Forests and Watersheds
  • Mining Sector Adaptation
  • Energy Sector Adaptation

What are we doing?

BC RAC focuses on engagement, education, and capacity-building. We work to bring together different levels of government, the private sector, the non-profit sector and the academic community to advance adaptation. Our current program activities include:

Local Community Capacity Building

We are engaging local communities across British Columbia through targeted capacity building and knowledge transfer with the aim to advance adaptation planning and implementation. In the current Phase 3 of BC RAC, we are focusing on communities in the northern and central regions of BC. Engagement activities include in-person training workshops and support in accessing tools, resources, and funding opportunities.

Creating Learning Resources

BC RAC builds and supports a province-wide community of practice on adaptation through regular online engagement and education. We host a free webinar series on adaptation, which highlights case studies, tools, and plans. We also offer resources through our Retooling website, which is an online portal of the top learning tools, guides and resources targeted at BC local governments, First Nations, and the natural resource industry. As part of Retooling, we send out a quarterly newsletter with updates on adaptation news, events, and emerging tools Subscribe for our newsletter!

Climate Risk Network

A number of organizations in BC are providing support to their members in implementing future climate risk into planning and decisions. BC RAC initiated the BC Climate Risk Network (CRN) in September 2015, which is a collaborative of these organizations. The CRN helps increase awareness of climate adaptation activities among its members, strengthens relationships between the academic community and government organizations, and strategically develops new activities to address gaps in adaptation programming.

Want to find out more?

To learn more about BC RAC, contact:

Jim Vanderwal, Senior Program Manager
Fraser Basin Council
T: (604) 897-5350 | E: 

Eliana Chia, Program Coordinator
Fraser Basin Council

T: (604) 488-5377 | E: 

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

FBC Project and
Partner Sites

E3 Fleet/Green Fleets BC:
www.e3fleet.com

Plug in BC:
www.pluginbc.ca

BuySmart Network:
www.buysmartbc.com

BC Rural Network:
www.bcruralnetwork.ca

Rethinking our Water Ways:
www.rethinkingwater.ca

ReTooling for Climate Change:
www.retooling.ca

Climate Action Toolkit:
www.toolkit.bc.ca

Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake, Quesnel and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351
E: