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.
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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.
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.
- Cariboo (PDF)
- Coast (PDF)
- Kootenay Boundary (PDF)
- Northeast (PDF)
- Omineca (PDF)
- Skeena (PDF)
- Thompson Okanagan (PDF)
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: