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Recent Climate Change Projects

Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park

The Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park Climate Change Assessment allows for the inclusion of climate change in the draft Mount Assiniboine Management Plan. Some of the priorities within Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park include education efforts, options for managing risks, and more thorough, long-term biological inventories and monitoring to serve as benchmarks for tracking the effects of both human activity and climate change.

Posters are available online to provide additional information about climate change and its expected effects on Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park. These include:

Collaboration

Mt Robson Fire damage
Fire damage, Mt Robson Provincial Park. Altered precipitation patterns and warmer temperatures may increase fire frequency.

BC Parks was engaged in a structured decision making (SDM) process with Compass Resource Management Ltd., in collaboration with the Canadian Institute for Climate Studies to work through a case study of climate change adaptation in Mount Robson Provincial Park. This was completed under contract to the Climate Change Section of the BC Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection in 2005. The study highlights how climate adaptation planning for ecosystem management in Mount Robson Provincial Park involves the assessment of a diverse range of risks and uncertainties, which ultimately affect management objectives.

BC Parks is collaborating with other Ministry of Environment divisions and other ministries within the B.C. Government as well as with the scientific community on various climate change working initiatives and information exchanges.

Management Planning

The draft Say Nuth Khaw Yum Heritage Park and Indian Arm Provincial Park Management Plan aims to “develop an understanding of climate change on Park values and impacts to management objectives and strategies over the short and long-term.”

Climate change adaptation strategies have been incorporated into the key management issues in the recent draft Gilpin-Morrissey WMA Management Plan.

BC Parks staff are currently working on how park and protected area management plans can address climate change impacts effectively, allowing for flexibility of appropriate adaptation. Several new management plans currently under development are incorporating strategies to address climate change.

Sustainable Facilities

Nisga’a Memorial Park
Solar panel, Nisga’a Memorial Park interpretive centre. Climate change can be mitigated through improved facility energy efficiency.

Green facility standards have been developed for the Fixed Roof Accommodation Development Guidelines to minimize the carbon footprint of proposed developments, including suggestions for low-impact energy sources and other relevant information.

BC Parks is working to improve existing park facility standards to minimize energy requirements and contribute to a more sustainable visitor experience. Make a donation for sustainable parks

Research

BC Parks is examining the sensitivity of the coastline to sea level rise in order to inform management plans for the many new protected areas along the north and central coast.