Basin communities become more climate-resilient

Climate change adaptation initiative sees successes throughout the Basin.

Climate change adaptation initiative sees successes throughout the Basin.

As countries and citizens around the world discuss the latest global scientific report on climate change recently published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, communities in the Columbia Basin are already preparing thanks to their participation in the Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative (CACCI), spearheaded by Columbia Basin Trust (CBT).

Since 2008, CACCI has helped communities increase their resilience to climate change impacts, from offering one-day workshops to helping with year-long planning processes.

“Participating communities have taken important steps by sharing climate impacts with residents, undertaking projects that help plan for change, and considering climate change science when making decisions,” said Neil Muth, CBT President and CEO. “We applaud the communities that are planning and becoming more resilient to these changes and invite other communities to connect with us to learn more.”

The District of Sparwood, for example, has been taking action on wildfire risk reduction, emergency preparedness, water supply and flood prevention. The District has also helped local residents understand what climate change impacts and adaptation mean by piloting a community engagement and communications project last year centred around the theme “Nature Changes, We Adapt.” This project places Sparwood as a leader in engaging residents on climate impacts and adaptation at a local level.

For more information, visit www.cbt.org/climatechange.