Completed in the spring of 2012, the BC Agriculture Climate Change Adaptation Risk & Opportunity Assessment evaluates how changes to the climate may impact agricultural production for key commodities in various regions of BC.
The assessment generated five regional and commodity specific reports including a “Snapshot Report” for various production systems in the Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver regions.
Building on the findings of the assessment, the Delta Adaptation Strategies plan was completed in 2013, and a summary of the plan is also available. The Fraser Valley Adaptation Strategies plan was completed in 2015, a summary of this plan is also available. The plans identify regionally specific collaborative strategies and actions that will enhance agriculture’s ability to adapt to projected changes.
$300,000 in Growing Forward funding is available for eligible collaborative projects identified in the plan. The Delta Adaptation Strategies plan is currently being implemented in partnership with a number of funders and local organizations. Implementation is being overseen by a local working group including:
- Corporation of Delta
- Delta Farmers’ Institute
- Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust
- Ministry of Agriculture
- BC Blueberry Council
- BC Greenhouse Growers Association
- Delta Agricultural Advisory Committee
Projects completed or underway are described in more detail below.