Local Climate Change Visioning and Landscape Visualizations: Guidance Manual
The guide is intended to be used by local communities: decision-makers/practitioners, sustainability citizen groups, consultants, and others, to help develop resilient local communities in an uncertain climate change future.
The guide is based on a pilot Visioning and Climate Adaptation Project in the City of Kimberley in 2008- 2009, as well as previous Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP) work on other visioning and visualization projects (Delta and the North Shore, Prince George). The Kimberley pilot project tested the feasibility of visioning and visualizations for planning processes related to climate change in small, more rural communities.
The guide is intended for use BC-wide. Supportive bodies similar to the Columbia Basin Trust, which funded the community component of the Kimberley project, and local or regional GIS support similar to the services provided within the Columbia Basin by the Selkirk College Geospatial Research Centre in Castlegar, could aid visioning feasibility in smaller communities.
The guide should be seen as a living document, to which are added locally relevant resource materials and climate scenarios. The process can also be re-worked to fit each community’s particular needs, including identifying and prioritizing key local issues. Local citizens and local experts will be a strong asset to local Visioning processes, while external experts such as climate scientists can provide helpful data. The collaboration between “locals and outsiders” can prove very fruitful.