BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative Webinar Series
Getting Climate Ready: Tools for Local Governments Adapting to Climate Change
This free webinar series, hosted by the Fraser Basin Council in the fall of 2013, showcases recent advances in local climate change information and tools that are tailored to the needs of BC local governments large and small.
The webinar series is now available online.
You'll benefit from the experience of colleagues who have used the tools to plan for climate change adaptation and to begin implementing changes on complex issues such as sea level rise, flood, drought and agricultural land management.
Photo: Erik Karlsen
Webinar 1: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 | 11 am – 12 pm (PDT) Plan2Adapt: Online Tools for Assessing How Climate Change will Affect your Community or Region Watch the Webinar 1 recording
Webinar 2: Thursday, November 14, 2013 | 11 am – 12 pm (PST) Preparing for Climate Change - An Implementation Guide for Local Governments in British Columbia Watch the Webinar 2 recording
Webinar 3: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 | 10 am – 11 am (PST) Planning for Climate Change on the Coast: A Sea Level Rise Adaptation Primer NEW! Watch the Webinar 3 recording
Webinar 1: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 | 11 am – 12 pm (PDT)
Plan2Adapt: Online Tools for Assessing How Climate Change will Affect your Community or Region
This webinar introduces the Plan2Adapt online tool, which assists community stakeholders, decision-makers and practitioners assess regional impacts and plan for climate change. The Plan2Adapt tool allows users to generate information (maps, graphs and data tables) to better understand climate change specific to their region, how the region will be impacted, and what they can do to prepare. Trevor Murdock provides an introduction in this webinar, while Tamsin Mills explains how the City of Vancouver used the tool to inform their Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.
Webinar 2: Thursday, November 14, 2013 | 11 am – 12 pm (PST)
Preparing for Climate Change - An Implementation Guide for Local Governments in British Columbia
This webinar canvasses practical, on-the-ground adaptation solutions for local government elected officials and staff, including planners, engineers, chief administrative officers, financial officers and others. Preparing for Climate Change is a guide that covers a wide range of topics, including Official Community Plan (OCP) policies, zoning, liability, infrastructure, asset management and emergency planning, along with hundreds of community examples, resources and checklist questions. During the presentation, Cathy Leblanc shares the back story and rationale for the Guide, while Deborah Carlson focuses on key lessons about climate change adaptation and emerging legal and liability issues. Corien Speaker offers insights from her previous climate change adapation work at the District of Elkford, as well as her initial reflections as CAO at the District of Squamish.
Webinar 3: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 | 10 am – 11 am (PST)
Planning for Climate Change on the Coast: A Sea Level Rise Adaptation Primer
Here's a webinar to help communities identify, evaluate and compare options for adapting to the impacts of sea level rise and associated coastal hazards. A total of 21 adaptation tools are outlined in the Primer, including planning tools, regulatory tools, land use change or restriction tools, structural tools (flood protection works) and non-structural tools (soft armouring). Thomas White discusses the provincial context and development of the Primer. Graham Farstad provides an in-depth tour, highlighting the most relevant tools for BC local governments.
Jim Vanderwal, Fraser Basin Council T: 604 488-5359 E:
The BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative (BC RAC) program is coordinated by the Fraser Basin Council and the BC Ministry of Environment – Climate Action Secretariat, with funding from Natural Resources Canada and participation of many project partners.