CBT wraps up its Climate Change Initiative

The Columbia Basin Trust is wrapping up its seven-year-long Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative (CACCI).
Since 2008, fourteen Basin communities have received support and over 30 innovative projects have demonstrated pioneering work around climate adaptation.
A statement said that Revelstoke was one of the first communities to consider future climate in its source water protection plan. Nelson and Castlegar assessed the vulnerability of their storm water infrastructure. Kaslo developed a framework to track the impacts of climate change on local watersheds. It also noted that the District of Elkford was the first municipality in BC to address climate adaptation in its Official Community Plan. Its approach was even included in a United Nations guidebook that assesses various climate adaptation options. The district has since created a new bylaw for subdivisions and other land developments that deals with storm water flows affected by changing climate conditions. It is also improving its dikes.
“All Basin communities have benefited from many innovative adaptation tools and resources, from leading-edge climate science to a model climate-resilient bylaw — including the recently released Indicators of Climate Adaptation in the Columbia Basin report,” the statement said. “CACCI partnered with the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute (RDI) to develop a suite of indicators to measure community progress on climate adaptation. Funded by Natural Resources Canada and the Trust, the indicator suite complements RDI’s State of the Basin monitoring initiative. Learn more about all the tools and resources at adaptationresourcekit.squarespace.com.”
Although CACCI is now complete, the Trust will continue its work on climate change issues, aiming to build awareness, provide information, support science and develop tools that help communities and the Basin at large adapt to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change is one of five priorities in the Trust’s Environment Strategic Plan 2014 – 2019, and the organization is developing new approaches to address climate change issues, the statement said.
Columbia Basin Trust supports efforts to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, visit cbt.org or call 1-800-505-8998.