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Community Profiles | Columbia Basin

Southeastern BC will see warmer temperatures overall in the decades to come, with wetter winters and drier summers, reduced snowpack, lower summer stream flows and more extreme weather events. To help the region prepare, the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) has worked with eight communities on climate adaptation planning.

Water quality and supply, local food production, wildfire, flooding, infrastructure and energy were among the key issues that emerged. Each community identified and assessed priority actions in relation to urgency, potential cost, responsibilities, and links to other plans, including Official Community Plans.

Five Community Experiences

Read about the steps taken by Elkford, Kimberley, Castlegar, Kaslo/Regional District of Central Cariboo (Area D) and Rossland in these five adaptation case studies, prepared by the Columbia Basin Trust. The work received support from the BC Climate Adaptation Collaborative program, funded by Natural Resources Canada.


District of Elkford

Case Study
Video: A Tale of Two Communities
Official Community Plan 

City of Kimberley

Case Study
Video: A Tale of Two Communities

City of Castlegar

Case Study

Regional District of Central Kootenay & Village of Kaslo

Case Study

City of Rossland

Case Study

For more details, visit the CBT website

Photos courtesy of Picture BC


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.