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Summaries and presentations from BC RAC events:

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2021

Webinar: Northeast BC: Resilience, Climate and the Future

February 17, 2021 | Online

This webinar focused on the science behind climate change projections, regional projections for the Northeast region, vulnerabilities that Northeast communities face, and the resilience work that is being done on-the-ground to prepare for the future.

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Webinar: Promoting Salmon Resilience in a Changing Climate

January 12, 2021 | Online

This webinar focused on a general overview of how salmon are being impacted by climate change and other compounding issues including flood control infrastructure, work that is being done on-the-ground in the Lower Fraser watershed to increase the resilience of salmon in a changing climate, the importance of ensuring that salmon and their health are integrated into decision-making surrounding waterways, and specific actions that organizations can take to assist salmon resilience.

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2020

Workshop: Preparing for Future Climate in the Territory of the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw

March 6, 2020 | Williams Lake

Climate change is exposing communities in the territory of the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw to changes in weather patterns and more frequent extreme events. The region has witnessed recent wildfire and flooding events, and changing climate hazards have created the need to integrate climate change adaptation into policy, planning, and natural resource management. This introductory workshop focused on climate adaptation topics relevant to the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw and nearby communities.

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Webinar: Preparing for Climate Risk in BC: The Northeast Climate Risk Network

January 30, 2020

Six municipalities in Northeastern BC have been strengthening regional collaboration on resilience and climate risk over the past 2 years as partners in the Northeast BC Climate Risk Network. Learn more in this webinar about the foundational climate preparedness work that was done by the Northeast Climate Risk Network, including how the municipalities came together as a Network, the regional climate projections for the area, the risks identified, the impact of working together as a region and the next steps for municipalities.

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Webinar: Climate Change and Health Adaptation: Working with BC First Nations

January 21, 2020

Paivi Abernethy, Climate Change & Health Specialist with the First Nations Health Authority, introduces a systems approach to climate change health impacts and highlights the role of sustainable environmental governance in addressing climate change challenges, together with BC examples of contemporary Indigenous climate leadership.

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2019

Webinar: Living with the Rain: Adapting to Increased Future Rainfall in the Greater Vancouver Area

November 21, 2019

Andrew Ling, Senior Project Engineer at Metro Vancouver, and Melina Scholefield, Manager of Green Infrastructure Implementation at the City of Vancouver, present on cutting-edge work that both government bodies are doing to prepare for increased precipitation in the Greater Vancouver region.

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Webinar: Planning and Implementing Fuel Treatment Activities in BC’s Diverse Ecosystems

June 20, 2019

Building on the webinar “Effectiveness of fuel treatments in mitigating wildfire severity – Lessons from large wildfire events in the interior Pacific Northwest,” Kelly Osbourne and Rory Colwell of the BC Wildfire Service speak further on the effectiveness of fuel treatment activities in combination with FireSmart principles in other ecosystems in British Columbia, including coastal, boreal and wetter interior forests.

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Webinar: Effectiveness of fuel treatments in mitigating wildfire severity – Lessons from large wildfire events in the interior Pacific Northwest

May 16, 2019

Susan Prichard will share her research on the effects of fire and other disturbances on forest dynamics; climatic change on forest ecosystems; and fuel treatment options to mitigate wildfire effects, with an emphasis on inland forests.

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Webinar: Identifying Barriers to Community Action – Learning from Wildland-Urban Interface Disasters in the Past

May 2, 2019

Wildfire disasters like Fort McMurray and Kelowna provided unique opportunities to evaluate wildfire risk mitigations in a Canadian setting. Al Westhaver will share results of his post-fire studies and provide insights into barriers and challenges to increased community risk reduction action – gained from his many years of work with Alberta/British Columbia communities and collaboration with international fire agencies.

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Webinar: FireSmart in BC

April 18, 2019

FireSmart Canada leads the national efforts to engage citizens and communities in reducing wildfire risk reduction. Kelly Johnson will describe the national programs and opportunities for communities. In BC, FireSmart programs are championed by BC FireSmart Committee. Kelsey Winter will outline new initiatives in BC to expand FireSmart activities across the province.

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Workshop: Getting Climate Ready: Future Climate in the North Okanagan

March 12, 2019 | Vernon

The North Okanagan has witnessed recent flooding and wildfire events, and climate change hazards have created the need to integrate climate change adaptation into policy, planning, landscape design, and public works maintenance. This introductory workshop focused on climate adaptation topics relevant to the Regional District of North Okanagan. Feedback collected from participants in the workshop will directly inform the climate adaptation component of the Regional District’s Regional Growth Strategy 5-Year Review.

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Webinar: Landscape and Community Scale Wildfire Risk Reduction for Whistler, BC

March 7, 2019

Whistler is located in an area with high wildfire risks and significant community and provincial values. Heather Beresford, Bruce Blackwell and Tom Cole will review how the Resort Municipality has assessed wildfire risk then planned and implemented wildfire risk reduction activities at both the landscape and community scales, including FireSmart, high priority area fuel treatments and fuel break logging.

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Webinar: Ecosystem Restoration with Wildfire

February 21, 2019

Al Neal shares his many decades of experience in planning and implementing ecosystem restoration in interior forests, highlighting the use of prescribed fire. He describes the evolution of these practices, emphasizing lesson learned.

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Webinar: The Benefits of Green Shores: Two Projects Start to Finish

January 24, 2019 | Vancouver

This webinar, led by DG Blair and Kelly Loch of the Stewardship Centre for BC, is for everyone who would like to understand how Green Shores® could enhance shoreline resilience in their communities. Topics include: a brief overview on the use of Green Shores credit and rating systems, the application of Green Shores for Coastal Development in a park restoration project, and a Green Shores for Homes case study in a coastal erosion project. Information on Green Shores training opportunities through Stewardship Centre for BC and University of Victoria is also provided.

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2018

Webinar: Applying the Climate Lens Resilience Assessment in a BC Context

December 4, 2018

The Federal Government recently introduced a Climate Lens for those seeking funding for new major public infrastructure projects. In this webinar, François Levesque of Infrastructure Canada and Dirk Nyland of the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will delve into the Climate Change Resilience Assessment component of the Climate Lens. François and Dirk will take you from a high-level and contextual look at the Resilience Assessment to on-the-ground examples of BC projects that have used the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s climate assessment and resilience measures to demonstrate how the assessment could be interpreted or applied for small-scale projects.

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Workshop: Getting Climate Ready: Adaptation Tools for Northwest Communities

November 29, 2018 | Terrace

Climate change is exposing communities in Northwest BC to changes in weather patterns and more frequent extreme events. Changing climate hazards have created the need to integrate climate change adaptation into policy, planning, landscape design, and public works maintenance. This introductory workshop addressed the future climate trends for the Northwest region and focused on flood and wildfire risk management. It also featured expert resource people who spoke to funding opportunities for adaptation, infrastructure and climate change, fish and wildlife, and on-the-ground projects.

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Webinar: Three Important Factors for Adapting to Climate Change: Location, Location, Location

October 24, 2018

The Federal Government recently introduced a Climate Lens for those seeking funding for new major public infrastructure projects. In this webinar, François Levesque of Infrastructure Canada and Dirk Nyland of the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will delve into the Climate Change Resilience Assessment component of the Climate Lens. François and Dirk will take you from a high-level and contextual look at the Resilience Assessment to on-the-ground examples of BC projects that have used the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s climate assessment and resilience measures to demonstrate how the assessment could be interpreted or applied for small-scale projects.

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Webinar: Learning from the Fort McMurray wildland-urban interface fire

March 15, 2018

In this webinar, Alan Westhaver will summarize what he learned firsthand about the survival and ignition of homes in the Fort McMurray wildfire. His behind the scene investigation, facilitated and sponsored by the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, sought to answer the vital question: ‘Why did some homes survive this wildland/urban interface fire with little or no damage, while others were vulnerable to ignition and destroyed?’ Observations concentrated on homes near the edge of neighbourhoods where wildland fire first spread to, and established among, structures.

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Public Talk: What’s Climate Got To Do With It?

March 5, 2018 | Fort St. John

Trevor Murdock from the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium spoke about what we may see in terms of future climate changes for the Northeast region.

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Webinar: Building Climate Resilience at Island Health

February 28, 2018

Increasingly, climate change risks and hazards are impacting the public health sector, and they will have a significant impact on health facilities, both on its safety during extreme events and during daily operations. In this webinar, hear from Island Health about how they are tackling these risks through their climate change adaptation efforts. Their initiatives include the first-ever Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) assessment of a hospital in Canada for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, a climate projection mapping project, a review of health sector-specific adaptation tools, an extreme weather events impact surveys, and ongoing planning for the next stages of their adaptation work.

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Workshop: Legal Implications of Climate Change

February 22, 2018 | Vancouver

Fraser Basin Council and Engineers and Geoscientists BC hosted this one-day workshop for professionals on how climate change could impact their professional roles and responsibilities.

Workshop: Getting Climate Ready: Adaptation Tools for Coastal Communities

January 31, 2018 | Courtenay

Climate change is exposing Vancouver Island communities to changes in weather patterns and more frequent extreme events, such as flood. There is a need to integrate climate change adaptation into policy, planning, landscape design and public works maintenance. This workshop focused on flood risk management, including the new provincial flood hazard area land use management guidelines.

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Webinar: Information and Funding for First Nations Climate Change Adaptation Planning

January 25, 2018

This webinar provides an opportunity for communities to learn more about Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada’s First Nation Adapt Program and to gain a better understanding of the future BC-specific climate information available through the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium. The First Nation Adapt Program provides climate change adaptation funding for communities to identify region-specific priorities, impacts and opportunities for climate change projects. The program also works closely with communities to integrate the best scientific and Indigenous Knowledge on climate indicators, flooding exposure, and future climate projections. Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium provides climate information to communities to better understand climate change specific to their region, how the region will be impacted, and what they can do to prepare.

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2017

Webinar: Green Shores Policy and Regulatory Tools for Local Governments

November 16, 2017

This webinar will highlight key points from the “Green Shores Policy and Regulatory Tools for Local Governments” guidebook, which has been recently updated. Considerations related to a changing climate, including the impacts of sea-level rise and more extreme weather events will be flagged. A case study of local government action in the Powell River Regional District will share lessons learned.

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Webinar: Legal Implications of Climate Change for Professionals

September 28, 2017

In this webinar, Zizzo Strategy will speak about climate change liability issues with a focus on case law and climate-related litigation related to negligence and class action lawsuits. The webinar will also touch upon recent developments in corporate governance and disclosure of climate risk, including securities disclosure and the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. As the climate continues to change, legal duties and standards of care are also evolving. This webinar aims to educate professionals on how climate change impacts their professional roles and responsibilities, encourage them to integrate climate change into their decision-making and empower them to make the case for climate change adaptation.

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Workshop: Floods and Drought: Tackling Wild Weather

March 15, 2017 | Fort St. John

Climate change is exposing Northern BC communities to changes in weather patterns and an increase in extreme events. These changes place local and regional critical infrastructure at risk, which the Northeast region has witnessed in recent flooding. This introductory workshop addressed the future climate trends for the Northeast region and highlighted existing online tools for adaptation. Presenters shared their experiences with climate risk assessments of highway infrastructure, community flood response, and collaborative drought management. The workshop also offered an overview of available funding opportunities and learning resources for climate change adaptation and asset management.

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Workshop: Resilient Infrastructure in a Changing Climate Workshop

February 9, 2017 | Prince George

This introductory workshop, hosted by Fraser Basin Council and Engineers Canada, addressed the future climate trends for the Upper Fraser region and how these trends will impact infrastructure. The workshop provided an overview of new practice guidelines for highway infrastructure adaptation, and also explored case studies of assessing climate risk for road transportation and wastewater infrastructure. Participants also learned information about, and practice with, the PIEVC Protocol. The Protocol is a practical tool and process that uses standard risk assessment science to assess and document the vulnerability of infrastructure to the impacts of current and future climate.

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