Communities Adapting to Climate Change InitiativeGoal:• Support communities to increase their resiliency related to climate change impacts at a local level.
Approach to adaptationSteps in AdaptationDialogue and Good CommunicationVulnerability AssessmentDevelop Adaptation StrategyImplement Actions
2006 to present2006• CBT research with PCIC background paper• Outreach via climate change science roadshow2007• Initiative launched on climate change adaptation• 1st regional workshop for local government on adaptation2008-2009• Kimberley and Elkford local projects• 5 additional governments observe and learn via network• 2nd regional workshop for local government on adaptation2009-2010• Rossland, Castlegar and Kaslo/Area D local projects• 15 local governments + 3 regional districts observing, learning, taking interest via network
Essence of the Work• Engaging communities to incorporate impacts and adaptation thinking into their work• Bridging the gap between climate science and local communities• Translating science into realities on the ground• Understanding risks and opportunities• Action planning
The structure of concentric circles Learning NetworkCommunity Projects Technical support Advisory Committee
CACCI Structure unpacked• Community projects at the center • Adaptation planning process in communities• Technical support • Direct to projects and CBT• Learning Network • Community project reps, other interested local governments, technical support members• Advisory committee • High level strategic advice to initiative/CBT• CBT • Coordination, project support, funding, partnerships
The local government partnershipCBT provides:• Funding $30,000• Technical support• Coordination supportLocal government provides:• Commitment to the process• Resources• Staff time• Steering committee
Partnerships = success• Partnerships help bridge high level climate science to the local, community level.
6 step planning process1. Get Started2. Learn About Climate Change3. Identify Priorities in Your Community4. Assess Vulnerability, Risk & Opportunities5. Develop Adaptation Strategies and Actions6. Implementation & Monitoring of Plan
#1 Get StartedEach community commits tothe process including initialsteps to:• Establish a local coordinator• Establish a local steering committee• Develop a workplan
#2 Learn about Climate ChangeWorking with communities means bringing the climate sciencedown to the community level and grounding it in localobservations.
#3 Identify priorities in your communityPublic outreach and events help identify the priorities in thecommunity. Community impact mapping and voting aretechniques that are used at the community level to help identifypriorities for further investigation.
Kimberley’s Adaptation Project (2008-2009)Kimberley identified three priority climate impact issue areas:1. Water and forests (natural environment)2. Municipal infrastructure (built environment)3. Tourism (socio-economic environment)The adaptation plan has 100+ recommendations,from simple, “no-regrets” measures, to more complex investigations.
District of Elkford’s Adaptation Project (2008-9)Three impact areas were identified.Actions drafted into new OCP (May 2010)1. Wildfire2. Flooding3. Water supply
#4 Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Process Step Summary Purpose Description Vulnerability Identifying the Figure out which risks can be assessment “weak” spots adapted to more easily, and which will require substantial resources or other changes.Risk assessment What to pay Figure out the biggest risks attention to first requiring action
#5 Developing adaptation strategies and actions In many instances the adaptation action plan will inform the official community planning document or other planning documents in the community. Elkford’s example of an action strategy to address water supply is below.Goal: Objective: High urgency strategy recommendation:Understandand Encourage water Adapt municipal building bylaw to conservation and requiremanage water demand reduction low-flow plumbing fixtures for all newsupply buildings Update subdivision servicing bylaws: Implement low impact development standards for new developments
Learning and sharing within the Basin• The Learning Network is made up of local governments in the Columbia Basin, CBT Technical Support Team and Advisory Committee.• CBT supports LN members to learn, share and act.• 18 communities & 3 Regional Districts are participating Adaptation Initiative
Learning, sharing and documenting the process for the Basin and beyondThe Online AdaptationResource Kit is basedon the experience ofPhase One andcreates a road map forother communities.• Videos• Key resources• Comments & feedback on process
Lessons from the Communities• Review the data, understand the science• Ensure both staff and council are involved at all stages of the project• Look for synergies with your planning processes• Communications is important – media, workshops• Be flexible• Commit to implementation of the adaptation plan• Start today!
6 months into current community projectsCommunities and their priorities for investigation (2009-2010)Rossland InfrastructureSocio-economic Water availabilityapproach Food security and agriculture Energy Municipal infrastructure: stormwater systemCastlegar Food security and agriculture Additional topics under considerationKaslo & Regional Water systemsDistrict of Food Security and AgricultureCentral Kootenay Area D
Learning Network Outreach 2010• Primer Workshops to help new communities ‘Get Started’ – Climate Science, Impacts on the Ground, Where to Start Planning – Improved communication tools• Online webinars for: – Sharing experiences (June 22) – Planning links (capacity building May 26)
Strategic Planning 2010• Advisory Committee reflections on next steps (June)• Monitoring and Learning with Phase 1 and Phase 2 communities (July-August)• Reflection and Future thinking planned for September 2010 with all technical support, advisors, locals and resource people.
Actions: Water Conservation Consumption Per Capita Water Use in Communities in the Europe: 160 L/P/D Columbia Basin USA & Canada: 350 L/P/D 2000Per Capita use/day (L) 1800 1600 Columbia Basin 1400 1200 Communities 500-1800 L/P/D 1000 800 600 400 200 Cost : Europe : $ 2.00-7.30 / m3 0 nd ford usp e * ook D en r il* ) n* ni e a) le mo ium Re v unt * le y od Ki m ere ver s on . n/ a a tok i tva tl eg . n/ Canada: $ 0.63-0.90 /m3 Tra l de sla rwo ber Fer Sal Na k erm nbr Ra d Elk el s Ne l nfo o i nfo Ros Go Fru em Ca s S pa Cra I nv n (i Ne w Columbia Basin Val lo ( sto Ka s Cre Communities: $ 0.15-0.87/ m3
Communities Adapting to CC InitiativeContact Information:Web: www.cbt.org/climatechangeCBT Phone: 1 800 505 8998