Preliminary Strategic Climate Risk Assessment for British Columbia

The B.C. government has released the “Preliminary Strategic Climate Risk Assessment for British Columbia” – the first provincial-scale climate risk assessment in Canada.

This is the first phase of an initiative to better understand climate-related risks in B.C. and help government develop appropriate measures to address those risks. It will also support the development of the provincial climate preparedness strategy, committed to in the CleanBC plan and scheduled for release in 2020.

Using a provincial-scale risk assessment framework, the assessment evaluates the likelihood of 15 climate risk events for B.C. and the health, social, economic and environmental consequences resulting from them. As a high-level assessment, the results reflect risks for the province as a whole and do not represent the risks at other levels, such as for Indigenous communities, local governments, or a specific sector or region.

The Climate Action Secretariat (CAS) is working to understand Indigenous perspectives on B.C.’s changing climate and to collaborate with Indigenous communities to build on their resilience in the face of climate change.

Download the full report and framework.

For questions or comments, please email ClimateRisk@gov.bc.ca.

Date: 
Saturday, August 31, 2019