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” focusing on wine grape and tree fruit production systems in the Okanagan region.
Building on the findings of the assessment, the Okanagan Region Adaptation Strategies plan was completed in the spring of 2016. A summary of the plan is also available. The plan identifies 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 Okanagan 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:
- Agriculture and Agri Food Canada
- BC Cherry Association
- BC Fruit Growers’ Association
- BC Grape Growers’ Association
- BC Ministry of Agriculture
- BC Wine Grape Council
- Certified Organic Associations of BC
- Regional District of Central Okanagan
- Regional District of North Okanagan
- Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
- Southern Okanagan Stockmens’ Association