Fraser Basin Council


Ministry of Forest Lands and Natural Resource Operations

This website toolkit offers links to state-of the art science, modelling, seminars, initiatives and publications focused on adapting forest management to climate change in British Columbia.

2015 — Fraser Basin Council

Natural gas development in Northeastern British Columbia is dependent on a number of climate-sensitive resources and infrastructure, such as water, pipelines, drilling pads and roads. The sector adjusts operations in response to changes in extreme weather and other factors; the challenge now is to make specific plans to adapt to future changes in climate.

This report explores climate change in Northeastern BC and the related impacts, risks, opportunities and next steps for the oil and gas industry, based on interviews and focus group sessions with those inside and outside the sector.

The report was prepared by the Fraser Basin Council, with support from Natural Resources Canada, Adaptation Platform, and from the BC Ministry of Environment, Climate Action Secretariat.

This backgrounder report examines climate change in Northeastern BC, with a focus on changes in temperature and precipitation. The report flags regional impacts of a changing climate and supports a discussion about different risks and opportunities associated with these changes. The report is part of a broader Northeastern BC Climate Risk Assessment. The assessment centres on three objectives: increasing awareness and understanding of potential impacts of climate change in Northeastern BC, identifying potential risks and opportunities for the oil and gas sector, and identifying gaps in information and resources available to support management and adaptation tools and techniques within the sector. The final assessment report will be available in late spring, 2015.

2012 — BC Ministry of Forest Lands and Natural Resource Operations

This action plan aligns with the Province of British Columbia’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy with respect to forest management and stewardship. The management goal is to have BC’s forest management policy framework fully account for a changing climate by 2017.


2018 - Kitsumkalum First Nation

The Kitsumkalum have lived from the natural resources in their land and marine resources since time immemorial. They have adapted to the changes in the climate that occurred over millennia. They passed down this traditional knowledge to their children and their children’s children as not only as a means of survival for the tribe but also as an essential component of the management of the land, the sea, and the resources within. Climate change continues to occur but now in an extraordinarily short‐time scale. Things are changing so fast that the plants and animals do not have a chance to adapt to the new conditions and they are quickly disappearing. Traditional knowledge of migration routes, salmon run timing, even the harvest season for seaweed and cockles is no longer conforming to the old ways, and there are profound changes to the food itself. The fish are smaller, the runs are late, the moose are full of parasites and the clam shells are thinner than they have ever been. The security of the food is no longer assured by the traditional knowledge of the elders.

The Kitsumkalum Fish and Wildlife Operations Department wants to know why, and understand what can be done to mitigate this onslaught of change. They have initiated a program designed to study the effects that the changing climate is having on Kitsumkalum Traditional Territory. 

2018 - Municipal Natural Assets Initiative

The term Municipal Natural Assets refers to the stocks of natural resources or ecosystems that contribute to the provision of one or more services required for the health, well-being, and long-term sustainability of a community and its residents. The Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI) provides scientific, economic and municipal expertise to support and guide local governments in identifying, valuing and accounting for natural assets in their financial planning and asset management programs, and in developing leading-edge, sustainable and climate resilient infrastructure. This webpage showcases case studies of MNAI's pilot communities, including the Town of Gibsons, City of Nanaimo, District of West Vancouver, Grand Forks, Region of Peel and Town of Oakville. 

October 21, 2015 | Workshop: Prince Rupert

This workshop focused on coastal climate change adaptation and climate impacts on resource sectors in Northwestern BC. The workshop drew participation from local governments, First Nations communities, consulting companies and non-profit organizations. The focus was on exploring climate issues, successful adaptation case studies from north coast communities and tools for local government to integrate climate adaptation into planning processes.

Check out the following presentations: 


Adapting BC’s Flood Guidelines to Sea Level Change — Tina Neale (BC Ministry of Environment)

Flood Risk Analysis at Port Metro Vancouver — Sean Smith (Port Metro Vancouver)

Sea Level Rise Adaptation Primer — Kari Tyler (Climate Action Secretariat)

Green Shores Approaches to Coastal Development — DG Blair (Stewardship Centre for BC)



Adaptation Planning for Northwest Skeena’s Forests — Dirk Brinkman (Brinkman Group)

Impacts of Climate Change on the Fisheries at the Northwestern Coast of BC — Vicky Lam (University of British Columbia)

Gitga’at Climate Change Adaptation Project — Michael Reid (Gitga’at First Nation)

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.

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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.