Efforts by B.C. and other jurisdictions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) will minimize the long-term impacts of climate change. Historical and ongoing emissions, however, mean the Earth will continue to warm for decades to come. As a result, B.C. can expect additional warming, increasingly variable and extreme weather, changes to precipitation patterns and rising sea levels.
These changes present risks and opportunities for B.C. How we prepare for and adjust to climate change – referred to as adaptation – will shape the future of our environment, economy, society and communities.
Preparing for Climate Change: British Columbia’s Adaptation Strategy
The Province has developed an Adaptation Strategy (PDF/900KB) to guide actions to help B.C. adapt to climate change. The strategy aims to ensure that:
- Knowledge and resources are available and used efficiently and directed to key sectors and decision-makers
- Relevant government programs participate and have consistent goals and approaches
- Stakeholders and the public recognize that adaptation is an important part of addressing climate change
The overall objective of the strategy is to help British Columbia achieve its goals – job creation, sustainable communities, green economic development – in the face of a changing climate. To implement British Columbia’s Adaptation Strategy, we are working to mainstream adaptation into the work we do. The province is working to help communities plan for sea level rise and storm surges. We are also working with partners – including researchers, non-government organizations, business, local governments, and the federal government to advance adaptation in B.C.