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Adaptation Learning Network

The Adaptation Learning Network: Inspiring Climate Action aims to increase British Columbia’s capacity to prepare for and adapt to climate change. We work to enhance working professionals' knowledge and skills who care for the province’s natural resources and infrastructure, including engineers, planners, technicians, landscape architects, agrologists, biologists, and foresters. We help build their skills through professional training in climate adaptation while encouraging knowledge exchange through a network of professionals in multiple disciplines. 

                                 

Adaptation Learning Network is led by the Resilience by Design Lab at Royal Roads University. The project is supported by the Climate Action Secretariat of the BC Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy and Natural Resources Canada through its Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) program. The BRACE program works with Canadian provinces to support training activities that help build skills and expertise on climate adaptation and resilience. 

Nations across the world are experiencing the impacts of climate change. Canada is no exception. The effects of a changing climate are being felt in all regions of the country. According to Canada’s Changing Climate Report 2019, Canada’s climate is warming at twice the average global rate, and the effects of a warmer climate are projected to be more intense.

The effects of climate change are evident in British Columbia: warmer temperatures, rising sea levels, and more frequent extreme weather events. These changes create risks and opportunities, and a growing need for climate change adaptation.

What is Climate Adaptation? 

Climate adaptation has been defined in different ways.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) defines it as "actions taken to help communities and ecosystems cope with changing climate conditions". The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) describes it as "adjustment in natural or human systems in response to actual or expected climatic stimuli or their effects, which moderates harm or exploits beneficial opportunities".

Climate adaptation is closely tied to community resilience, which includes the coping strategies for change in social, economic, and political situations arising from climate change.

Climate adaptation and resilience have a positive message. We CAN take deliberate climate action, through personal and societal shifts towards a low-carbon society, and through adaptation and resilience actions. 

People on the front line of climate adaptation include engineers, biologists, agrologists, foresters, landscape architects, city planners, technicians and Indigenous Peoples. Their knowledge and work involve avoiding, managing, and reducing the consequences of global warming. Learn more about climate adaptation on Natural Resources Canada website.