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Northeast Climate Resilience Network

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

Reports Available



Climate change vulnerability assessments have been completed in the Northeast Climate Resilience Network (previously called the Northeast Climate Risk Network) for these partners: City of Fort St. John, City of Dawson Creek, District of Tumbler Ridge, District of Chetwynd and Northern Rockies Regional Municipality. The Village of Pouce Coupe has completed a community scoping project.

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Also see the June 2019 report Climate Projections for the BC Northeast Region, a helpful resource for communities in planning for the future.

What is the Northeast Climate Resilience Network?


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 communities gaining a better understanding of projected climate trends, identifying local vulnerabilities and planning for adaptation.

The Fraser Basin Council has worked with a collaboration of municipalities in Northeast British Columbia since January 2018 on the Northeast Climate Resilience Network project (originally called the Northeast Climate Risk Network).

As of 2020, the municipal and regional partners are the City of Fort St. John, City of Dawson Creek, District of Tumbler Ridge, District of Chetwynd, Northern Rockies Regional Municipality and Northern Health. The Village of Pouce Coupe was a Network member in the first phase from 2018-2020.

The Fraser Basin Council serves as facilitator and project manager.

What Work has been Undertaken?

First phase: January 2018 to January 2020

The first phase of the project, from January 2018 to January 2020, was 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/regional partners.

The first phase of the project had 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.

The first phase of the Northeast Climate Resilience Network project had three main components:

1) Creation of the Network

A central feature of the project is a peer-mentoring network on adaptation and a project advisory body. The Network consists of the six municipal and regional partners noted above, 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

In June 2019 the project completed the report Climate Projections for the BC Northeast Region. The report, a collaborative project, offers those in Northeast BC regional information on general climate projections, precipitation indicators, summer temperature indicators and winter temperature indicators. It also highlights regional impacts related to emergency management, transportation and infrastructure, natural systems, and people and businesses.

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3) Community Vulnerability Assessments

Each of the project’s municipal partners has worked 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 Network 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.

Second phase: February 2020 to present

The current phase of the project focuses on the following:

  • reviewing information gained through the project
  • determining next priorities
  • incorporating the climate information developed from the project into ongoing planning processes
  • convening remote conference meetings for partners to discuss and share knowledge on priority adaptation issues, and
  • exploring funding and partnership opportunities to strengthen the work of the Network.

There are three main goals:

  1. Strengthen collaboration and peer learning on climate change adaptation in Northeast BC
  2. Facilitate mentorship to offer guidance to Network members as they implement adaptation actions based on the climate information provided in Phase 1 of the NECRN, and
  3. Increase community, public and private sector awareness of the impacts of climate change and priority adaptation actions in the Northeast BC region.


Virtual Community Engagement on Climate Adaptation

2022 pilot project on climateThe Northeast BC Climate Resilience Network has found through its work that public engagement on climate change is relatively low in Northeast BC communities. At the same time, local government partners in the Northeast have identified climate awareness and floodproofing as priority actions for the region.

In this context, the Fraser Basin Council and NECRN retained three UBC Sustainability Scholars ― Giulia Belotti, Margaryta Pustova and Madelaine Parent ― to deliver a Virtual Community Engagement On Climate Change Adaptation Pilot Project in the summer of 2022, in collaboration with the City of Dawson Creek.

The project aimed to raise awareness about climate risks and adaptive actions to the general public of Northeast British Columbia and to equip local governments in the Northeast with information on climate change communications and engagement.

The Project had two primary outputs:

  1. a virtual climate change engagement best practice overview, including engagement tools, considerations for communication and case studies
  2. a virtual engagement pilot project carried out with the City of Dawson Creek

The pilot project report is hosted on the UBC website.


Of related interest, see materials from a recent UBC Sustainability Scholars workshop on personal flood preparedness:

Learn More

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

T: 604 897-5350

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.

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

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

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We are grateful at the Fraser Basin Council Society to live and work on the unceded ancestral
territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.