Northeast Climate Risk Project
Communities of Northeastern BC are working together to prepare for a changing climate
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:
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:
T: 604 897-5350