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The climate is changing — are you ready?

Welcome to ReTooling for Climate Change — your first-stop website on climate change adaptation. Here is the place to find top tools and resources for BC local governments, First Nations and the natural resource sectors as everyone prepares for the impacts of climate change, now and in the years ahead.


Don't miss "Wild Weather Forecast: Tackling the 'New Abnormal' in Canada’s Natural Resource Sector" (March 2) to learn about real-world impacts of extreme weather. The Fraser Basin Council is bringing this interactive session to GLOBE 2016 in Vancouver. Check it out!



Webinar Videos for Coastal BC

Many webinars on coastal management are now online, including a series hosted by the Fraser Basin Council 

 Check out these titles in our resource library.

  • Planning for a Resilient Waterfront at Qualicum Beach
  • Assessing Coastal Risk in the Capital Regional District
  • Forecasting and Responding to Storm Surge in BC
  • Assessing Climate Change Risk for BC’s Highway Infrastructure
  • Extreme Precipitation on the West Coast
  • New Sea Level Rise Projections in British Columbia
  • Planning for Climate Change on the Coast: A Sea Level Rise Adaptation Primer
  • Preparing for Climate Change: An Implementation Guide for Local Governments in British Columbia
  • Plan2Adapt: Tools for Assessing How Climate Change will Affect Your Community or Region


Background image: John Luten © 2011.


International Panel on Climate Change Reports

The most Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) provides the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change. It consists of three working group reports and a synthesis report. Visit the IPCC site for project reports.



Leadership on Adaptation

Canada in a Changing Climate: Sector Perspectives on Impacts and Adaptation

Here is a 2014 update of a 2008 nation-wide assessment of climate change impacts and adaptation in Canada. The updated edition explores climate impacts and adaptive action in different sectors: natural resources, food production, biodiversity and protected areas, human health, water and transportation infrastructure, and industry.  Led by Natural Resources Canada, Canada in a Changing Climate reflects the contributions of over 90 authors and 115 expert reviewers, and synthesizes over 1,500 recent publications.


Preparing for Climate Change – An Implementation Guide for Local Governments in BC offers a good synopsis of climate change impacts in BC, plus strategies on land use planning, emergency management planning, financing and reporting, asset management, infrastructure, civic buildings policy, building regulations, watershed management, liquid waste management, air quality, biodiversity, conservation, community and economic development, legal liability and insurance. This publication won a 2013 Gold Award for Research and New Initiatives from the Planning Institute of BC. See the guide.


About ReTooling for Climate Change

The ReTooling for Climate Change website is a project of the Fraser Basin Council to support local governments and First Nations in BC in preparing for climate change adaptation. The site is funded through the BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative (BC RAC), a partnership program of the Fraser Basin Council and the BC Ministry of Environment – Climate Action Secretariat, with funding from Natural Resources Canada and other in-kind contributions.

Find out more about the Fraser Basin Council and the BC RAC at

We want to hear from you

Share your ideas and suggestions for new resource links to , Senior Program Manager, at the Fraser Basin Council.

Also worth a visit

On this site, you’ll find links to many helpful websites on climate change adaptation.

For steps communities can take to mitigate climate change, check out the Climate Action Toolkit website.