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Preparing for Climate Change: British Columbia's Adaptation Strategy

Created: 7/14/2014 - Updated: 8/09/2019


British Columbia will need to adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change, as well as to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Because of the historical and continuing rise in global GHGs, the Earth will continue to warm for decades to come. We can expect more long‐term warming, more extreme weather, changes to precipitation patterns, and rising sea levels. The Government of British Columbia will increasingly need to consider climate change as it continues to protect health and safety, maintain public infrastructure, manage natural resources, and achieve environmental, social and economic sustainability. As it moves forward with the Climate Action Plan, the Province has also identified a range of coordinated actions to help B.C. adapt to climate change. This new Adaptation Strategy builds on the considerable efforts on adaptation already undertaken, and provides a solid framework for future adaptation. 

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Monday, February 1, 2010


State / Provincial
Sector Addressed: 
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Governance and Policy

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British Columbia Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

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Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration
Development (socioeconomic)
Land Use Planning
Public Health
Tourism / Recreation
Transportation / Infrastructure
Water Resources

The British Columbia Government released a Climate Action Plan in 2008. As part of the effort to address climate change, the government is building a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy to address climate change impacts as it continues to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the province.