Climate Change Adaptation

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.


What we do

Our work in climate change adaptation focuses on three areas. Find out more.