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Getting Climate Ready: Future Climate in the North Okanagan
March 12, 2019 | Vernon, BC
The North Okanagan has witnessed recent flooding and wildfire events, and climate change hazards have created the need to integrate climate change adaptation into policy, planning, landscape design, and public works maintenance. This introductory workshop focused on climate adaptation topics relevant to the Regional District of North Okanagan. Feedback collected from participants in the workshop will directly inform the climate adaptation component of the Regional District’s Regional Growth Strategy 5-Year Review.
Getting Climate Ready: Adaptation Tools for Northwest Communities
November 29, 2018 | Terrace, BC
Climate change is exposing communities in Northwest BC to changes in weather patterns and more frequent extreme events. Changing climate hazards have created the need to integrate climate change adaptation into policy, planning, landscape design, and public works maintenance. This introductory workshop addressed the future climate trends for the Northwest region and focused on flood and wildfire risk management. It also featured expert resource people who spoke to funding opportunities for adaptation, infrastructure and climate change, fish and wildlife, and on-the-ground projects.
What's Climate Got To Do With It?
March 5, 2018 | Fort St. John, BC
Legal Implications of Climate Change
February 22, 2018 | Vancouver, BC
Fraser Basin Council and Engineers and Geoscientists BC hosted this one-day workshop for professionals on how climate change could impact their professional roles and responsibilities.
Getting Climate Ready: Adaptation Tools for Coastal Communities
January 31, 2018 | Courtenay, BC
Climate change is exposing Vancouver Island communities to changes in weather patterns and more frequent extreme events, such as flood. There is a need to integrate climate change adaptation into policy, planning, landscape design and public works maintenance. This workshop focused on flood risk management, including the new provincial flood hazard area land use management guidelines.
Floods and Drought: Tackling Wild Weather
March 15 | Workshop: Fort St John
Climate change is exposing Northern BC communities to changes in weather patterns and an increase in extreme events. These changes place local and regional critical infrastructure at risk, which the Northeast region has witnessed in recent flooding. This introductory workshop addressed the future climate trends for the Northeast region and highlighted existing online tools for adaptation. Presenters shared their experiences with climate risk assessments of highway infrastructure, community flood response and collaborative drought management. The workshop also offered an overview of available funding opportunities and learning resources for climate change adaptation and asset management.
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Resilient Infrastructure in a Changing Climate Workshop
February 9, 2017 | Workshop: Prince George
This introductory workshop, hosted by Fraser Basin Council and Engineers Canada, addressed the future climate trends for the Upper Fraser region and how these trends will impact infrastructure. The workshop provided an overview of new practice guidelines for highway infrastructure adaptation, and also explored case studies of assessing climate risk for road transportation and wastewater infrastructure. Participants also learned information about, and practice with, the PIEVC Protocol. The Protocol is a practical tool and process that uses standard risk assessment science to assess and document the vulnerability of infrastructure to the impacts of current and future climate.
Download the Workshop Summary Report.
Thanks to everyone who attended this workshop.
Recordings and material from our past webinars
Living with the Rain: Adapting to Increased Future Rainfall in the Greater Vancouver Area
Andrew Ling, Senior Project Engineer at Metro Vancouver, and Melina Scholefield, Manager of Green Infrastructure Implementation at the City of Vancouver, present on cutting-edge work that both government bodies are doing to prepare for increased precipitation in the Greater Vancouver region.
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Wildfire and Climate Change Winter/Spring 2019 Webinar Series
These webinars expanded on the learnings from the 2018 Kootenay Wildfire and Climate Change conference. The topics include landscape and community scale wildfire risk reduction and climate change, and the examples span the province.
Ecosystem Restoration with Wildfire - Al Neal, Senior Ecosystem Restoration Specialist, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Al shares his many decades of experience in planning and implementing ecosystem restoration in interior forests, highlighting the use of prescribed fire. He describes the evolution of these practices, emphasizing lesson learned.
Landscape and Community Scale Wildfire Risk Reduction for Whistler, BC - Heather Beresford, Environmental Stewardship Manager, Resort Municipality of Whistler, Bruce Blackwell, B.A. Blackwell and Associates Ltd. and Tom Cole, Forestry Manager, Cheakamus Community Forest
Whistler is located in an area with high wildfire risks and significant community and provincial values. Heather, Bruce and Tom will review how the Resort Municipality has assessed wildfire risk then planned and implemented wildfire risk reduction activities at both the landscape and community scales, including FireSmart, high priority area fuel treatments and fuel break logging.
Planning for Resilience and Reconciliation in the Face of a Changing Climate - Brian Kolman, Team Lead, Skeena Region Initiatives, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Climate change is an important driver for land use planning. To plan for resilience and advance reconciliation efforts, Skeena Region is partnering with First Nations on land use planning. These planning processes will explore new ways to contemplate alternative futures, develop adaptive planning mechanisms and set objectives that reflect our shared interest in resilient socio-ecological systems.
FireSmart in BC - Kelly Johnson, Technical Advisor, FireSmart Canada and Kelsey Winter, FireSmart Coordinator, BC Wildfire Services
FireSmart Canada leads the national efforts to engage citizens and communities in reducing wildfire risk reduction. Kelly will describe the national programs and opportunities for communities. In BC, FireSmart programs are championed by BC FireSmart Committee. Kelsey will outline new initiatives in BC to expand FireSmart activities across the province.
Identifying Barriers to Community Action – Learning from Wildland-Urban Interface Disasters in the Past – Al Westhaver, Firewise Environmental Consulting, Salmon Arm, BC
Wildfire disasters like Fort McMurray and Kelowna provided unique opportunities to evaluate wildfire risk mitigations in a Canadian setting. Al will share results of his post-fire studies and provide insights into barriers and challenges to increased community risk reduction action - gained from his many years of work with Alberta/British Columbia communities and collaboration with international fire agencies.
Effectiveness of fuel treatments in mitigating wildfire severity - Lessons from large wildfire events in the interior Pacific Northwest - Susan Prichard, Research Scientist, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington
Susan will share her research on the effects of fire and other disturbances on forest dynamics; climatic change on forest ecosystems; and fuel treatment options to mitigate wildfire effects, with an emphasis on inland forests.
Planning and Implementing Fuel Treatment Activities in BC's Diverse Ecosystems
Building on the webinar "Effectiveness of fuel treatments in mitigating wildfire severity - Lessons from large wildfire events in the interior Pacific Northwest," Kelly Osbourne and Rory Colwell of the BC Wildfire Service speak further on the effectiveness of fuel treatment activities in combination with FireSmart principles in other ecosystems in British Columbia, including coastal, boreal and wetter interior forests.
The Benefits of Green Shores: Two Projects Start to Finish
January 24, 2019 | Vancouver, BC
This webinar, led by DG Blair and Kelly Loch of the Stewardship Centre for BC, is for everyone who would like to understand how Green Shores® could enhance shoreline resilience in their communities. Topics include: a brief overview on the use of Green Shores credit and rating systems, the application of Green Shores for Coastal Development in a park restoration project, and a Green Shores for Homes case study in a coastal erosion project. Information on Green Shores training opportunities through Stewardship Centre for BC and University of Victoria is also provided.
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Applying the Climate Lens Resilience Assessment in a BC Context
December 4, 2018
The Federal Government recently introduced a Climate Lens for those seeking funding for new major public infrastructure projects. In this webinar, François Levesque of Infrastructure Canada and Dirk Nyland of the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will delve into the Climate Change Resilience Assessment component of the Climate Lens. François and Dirk will take you from a high-level and contextual look at the Resilience Assessment to on-the-ground examples of BC projects that have used the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure's climate assessment and resilience measures to demonstrate how the assessment could be interpreted or applied for small-scale projects.
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Three Important Factors for Adapting to Climate Change: Location, Location, Location
October 24, 2018
In this webinar, representatives from three adjacent regional districts (Metro Vancouver, the Capital Region and Cowichan Valley) compared and contrasted recent experiences with climate adaptation planning initiatives. Each made use of the same future climate projections from the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium and engaged the same third-party consultant to help author reports on climate projections and impacts. Yet the path forward for each was different. The lessons learned from this comparison should be useful to anyone carrying out adaptation planning in Canada.
Watch the Webinar Recording.
Future Warming in BC (PowerPoint file)
Crafting a Regional Message
CRD Climate Projections
CVRD Regional Climate Adaptation Strategy
Climate Projections for Metro Vancouver
Integrating Climate Risk In Public Infrastructure Projects: The Role of the Private Sector in Providing Climate Services
June 21, 2018 | 11:00 am - 12 noon
Many public sector organizations are planning to integrate future climate risk in their infrastructure projects. There is a growing need for private sector consulting companies to provide climate services or applied climate information for the project. In many aspects, this new area differs significantly from academic and government-led climate efforts, but in other aspects bears strong similarities.
This webinar explores potential opportunities for growth and challenges of integrating climate data into private sector projects. The discussion included the experience at Associated Engineering, a Canada-wide consulting engineering firm with a growing climate focus.
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See the webinar slide deck.
Learning from the Fort McMurray wildland-urban interface fire
March 15, 2018 | Alan Westhaver
Building Climate Resilience at Island Health
February 28, 2018 | Ting Pan
Information and Funding for First Nations Climate Change Adaptation Planning
January 25, 2018 | Tom Duncan and Trevor Murdock
Green Shores Policy and Regulatory Tools for Local Governments
November 16, 2017 | DG Blair, Deborah Carlson and Laura Roddan
Legal Implications of Climate Change for Professionals
September 28, 2017 | Joanna Kyriazis