As average annual temperatures increase, particularly winter temperatures, the range and prevalence of pests and pathogens is anticipated to shift. These changes may result in an increase in the quantity and distribution of agriculturally significant pests already within the Fraser Valley region. Perhaps even more concerning, is the potential for new insects, diseases, weeds and invasive species to be introduced and become established.
In contemplating the need to adapt to changing pest threats, producers who contribute to development of the Fraser Valley Adaptation Strategies (completed in 2015) indicated there would be value in a broader and more coordinated effort to address surveillance, monitoring and management challenges. However, prior to developing any new resources or tools, it is important to review and document recent and current activities across the sector (for crops and livestock) and the region.
This project will complete a cross-commodity inventory and assessment identifying activities underway, gaps and priorities pertaining to surveillance, monitoring and management.
In partnership with the Lower Mainland Horticulture Improvement Association, and other partners, the Climate Action Initiative is looking for the right individual or team to complete this project, please see the Request for Proposals -Fraser Valley Agricultural Pest Assessment and apply if interested and qualified.