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 livestock and horticulture crops on Vancouver Island.
Building on the findings of the assessment, the Cowichan Region Adaptation Strategies plan was completed in the spring of 2013. 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 Cowichan 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:
- Cowichan Valley Regional District
- Economic Development Cowichan
- Cowichan Agricultural Society
- Cowichan Watershed Board
- Ministry of Agriculture
Projects completed or underway are described in more detail below.