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Northeast Climate Risk Project

Communities of Northeastern BC are working together to prepare for a changing climate

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Flooding in Northeast BC in June 2016. Photo: Province of British Columbia (Flickr)

In recent years, communities of Northeastern British Columbia have witnessed a number of extreme weather events — and these are expected to become more frequent under a changing climate. Related impacts, such as flood, wildfire, drought and erosion, can critically affect the region’s infrastructure, economy and community.

There is an urgent need to prepare for future climate risk by gaining a better understanding of projected climate trends, identifying local vulnerabilities and planning for adaptation.

What is the Northeast Climate Risk Project?

The Fraser Basin Council is working with six municipalities in Northeast British Columbia over two years (January 2018 to January 2020) on the Northeast Climate Risk Project.

The municipalities are the City of Fort St. John, City of Dawson Creek, District of Tumbler Ridge, District of Chetwynd, Village of Pouce Coupe and Northern Rockies Regional Municipality.

The Northeast Climate Risk Project has three goals:

  1. Support the Northeast BC local government partners in preparing for a changing climate and understanding the associated risks and vulnerabilities
  2. Collaboratively address climate risks at a regional and community scale through a peer network, and
  3. Increase community, public and private sector awareness of the impacts of climate change.

This project is funded by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Climate Adaptation Partner Grant, the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, the BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the six local government partners.

The Fraser Basin Council serves as facilitator and project manager.

What work is underway?

The Northeast Climate Risk Project has three main components:

1) Northeast Climate Risk Network

This project creates the Northeast Climate Risk Network (NECRN), a peer-mentoring network on adaptation as well as an advisory body for the project. The NECRN consists of the six municipal partners, the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium and Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.

2) Regional Climate Projections Report

The Northeast Climate Risk Network is collaboratively developing a regional climate projections report. This report - expected late 2018 - will provide Northeast BC regional information on general climate projections, precipitation indicators, summer temperature indicators and winter temperature indicators. It will also highlight regional impacts related to emergency management, transportation and infrastructure, and people and businesses.

3) Community Vulnerability Assessments

Each of the project’s municipal partners will work with a consulting company to develop community-based vulnerability assessments. The vulnerability assessments will identify priority climate change impacts for each municipality, outline the climate change adaptation work done to date for each municipality and identify the priority gaps in adaptation planning and implementation.

The Northeast Climate Risk Project is strengthening regional collaboration on resilience through improved communications between communities on adaptation and better knowledge transfer across organizations. This project is setting an important foundation of information on regional climate projections and community-based vulnerability assessments, to help Northeast BC local governments in adaptation planning.

To learn more:

Jim Vanderwal
Senior Manager, Climate Change & Air Quality
Fraser Basin Council

T: 604 897-5350
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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

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
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