Cowichan – Extreme Weather Events Preparedness & Mitigation Pilot Project [cw04]
|Status||completed in 2015|
|Project Lead||Cowichan Valley Regional District- Public Safety Division|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Cowichan Valley Regional District - Public Safety Division|
In addition to shifts in temperature and precipitation, climate change projections include increasing magnitude, frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. Agricultural operations in the Cowichan region face greater risks associated with periods of extreme heat, extended dry periods, wildfires and extreme precipitation events.
This project included the piloting of extreme event preparedness and mitigation planning with farms located in proximity to one another. Planning was focused on identifying risks and actions that could reduce (mitigate) the potential damages associated with extreme events. This included individual producer actions, along with collaborative approaches. Agriculture-specific informational materials were developed to support the pilot planning process, undertaken through 2 workshops held in South Cowichan, drawing producers from various parts of the Cowichan region. The project was undertaken in partnership with the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) Public Safety Division.