BC RAC: Program Achievements
BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative (BC RAC) program is part of a national strategy on climate adaptation. 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 phases:
BC RAC Phase 1 (2009-2012) has focused on developing tools and resources to help leaders plan for climate change adaptation, with emphasis on securing water resources and minimizing water-related risks.
More than 5,400 decision-makers and key stakeholders participated in the first phase of BC RAC, taking part in 170 consultations, meetings and learning events. A survey confirmed that BC RAC projects have helped decision-makers — across sectors and regions — gain a better understanding of climate change impacts and adaptation options. Thanks to all project partners who have made this possible.
BC RAC Phase 2 (2012-2015) builds on the work of Phase 1 and offers support for BC’s natural resource sectors as they identify risks, common issues of concern, adaptation options and opportunities to collaborate.
In Phase 2 BC RAC continued to support decision-makers as they learned about climate change impacts and evaluated the adaptation options feasible for their regions, sectors and areas of responsibility. There was a fresh emphasis on supporting leaders in the forestry, mining and energy sectors. One thing is clear: participants value peer-to-peer networking, learning and resource sharing. These are a cornerstone of the program.
ReTooling for Climate Change (www.retooling.ca)
ReTooling for Climate Change was developed with support from BC RAC to help you with your adaptation needs. This is FBC’s web database of climate adaptation resources for local government, First Nations and others managing regional adaptation issues.