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PREPARING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE: An Implementation Guide for Local Governments in BC

The Adaptation Guide (PDF) is designed to assist elected officials and staff to plan and act in ways that will make their communities more resilient to the impacts of a changing climate. It is now posted on the Fraser Basin Council Retooling for Climate Change website under the Tools and Resources section.

Part 1 introduces climate change adaptation including climate change impacts in BC, how local governments are affected, the adaptation process, and building adaptive capacity and resilience.

Part 2 offers practical examples of climate change adaptation strategies in the context of land use planning, emergency management planning, long term financing and reporting, asset management, infrastructure, civic buildings policy, building regulation, watershed management, liquid waste management, air quality, biodiversity, conservation, community and economic development, legal liability and insurance.  Supplemental materials include three adaptation scenarios, checklists for local governments and links to other adaptation projects and resources.

The Guide was developed under the BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative and funded by Natural Resources Canada and the Fraser Basin Council with support from the BC Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

For further information contact Deborah Carlson, West Coast Environmental Law at dcarlson@wcel.org or 604-601-2513, or Cathy LeBlanc, Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development at Cathy.LeBlanc@gov.bc.ca or 250-387-4049.  Webinars are being planned and they will be announced through CivicInfo.

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