Setting the Context for Adapting to Climate Change in B.C.
British Columbia’s overarching Climate Change Adaptation Strategy as articulated by the Climate Action Secretariat envisions that “British Columbia is prepared for and resilient to the impacts of climate change”. Adapting B.C. forests to climate change is an important part of the adaptation work being undertaken in B.C.
Climate change is affecting B.C.’s forests and communities in a number of ways including, for example, changes to insect and fire dynamics. Adapting B.C.’s forest practices to a changing climate is an immediate imperative and long term proposition that must begin now. The B.C. Forest Stewardship Action Plan for Climate Change Adaptation signals an important new policy direction in forest stewardship management. The plan is intended to be modular and will be built as we go with future work looking beyond forests to the adaptation of other natural resources and natural resource management. The plan contains: