Natural Resources & Climate Change

Adapting British Columbia’s natural resource management to a changing climate is important for maintaining the benefits these resources provide to communities and industries in the province.

B.C. forests can help to mitigate carbon emissions by absorbing CO2 as they grow. Harvested wood products also store carbon over time depending on the type of products (e.g. lumber, paper, bio-energy) and how often they are used.

Anticipated temperature and precipitation changes are expected to create significant challenges for B.C.'s forest and range resources. The resources and values under provincial stewardship are not only subject to the impacts of a changing climate, but also offer opportunities to mitigate the impacts through management.

Climate Change Strategy

The Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations' (FLNRO) Climate Change Strategy outlines goals and objectives for effectively responding to and mitigating the impacts of climate change.

Regional Extension Notes

The following series contains regional extension notes on adapting natural resource management to climate change. Each extension note includes climate change projections for the region, projected impacts of climate change to ecosystems, and adaptation strategies for natural resource management.

The extension notes can be considered the best available climate change adaptation information for the province, subject to future scientific discoveries and operational experience. The series is based primarily on the results of research undertaken through the Future Forest Ecosystems Scientific Council.

Climate Action Roadmap

As a first step toward coordinated action on climate change across B.C., all regions and program areas have developed climate action plans. The Climate Action Roadmap provides context for climate action plans and outlines key steps used in the process:

B.C.’s Adaptation Strategy

Preparing for Climate Change: B.C.’s Adaptation Strategy envisions that "British Columbia is prepared for and resilient to the impacts of climate change." Learn more about the overarching provincial strategy:

Sea Level Rise & Coastal Flood Hazards

A series of technical studies to assist practitioners in incorporating sea level rise into coastal floodplain mapping, sea dike design and land use planning have been completed.

Agriculture

Agricultural producers are taking steps to adapt to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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