Natural Resources & Climate Change
British Columbia's forest and range resources are being impacted by a changing climate. They also offer opportunities to mitigate the impacts through management.
Preparing for climate change
The Province is helping natural resource professionals manage for a changing climate by gathering and analyzing climate data, developing decision support tools and researching best management practices.
Future Forest Ecosystems Centre
The climate crisis is having profound impacts on B.C.’s ecosystems, affecting our safety, cultures and livelihoods. The B.C. government has established the Future Forest Ecosystems Centre to forecast ecological disruptions. By anticipating climate impacts, we can improve our response to the changing climate.
Addressing climate change with nature
Globally, forests are critical to managing climate change. They can be enhanced as 'carbon sinks' by improving forest carbon management practices such as planting more trees, fertilizing stands and reforesting deactivated resource roads. Making better use of residual wood fibre and avoiding burning in slash piles will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
B.C. has been conducting research to better understand how the province can adapt the natural resource sector to a changing climate.