Delta – Flooding Preparedness & Mitigation Pilot Project (Phase 1 & 2) [dl07]
|Status||completed in 2015|
|Project Lead||Delta Farmers' Institute|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture|
|Other Partners||Corporation of Delta, Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust|
Sea level rise associated with climate change is anticipated to increase the risk of coastal flooding in the Fraser delta. Agricultural lands in Delta are susceptible to multiple types of flood risk associated with climate change. The first phase of this project included a review of existing agricultural flooding preparedness and mitigation resources (within BC and beyond), consultation with producers and experts about risks and priorities, and development of a draft manual for individualized flooding preparedness and mitigation planning with Delta farmers.
In Phase 2, between 5 agricultural producers in Delta participated in a pilot to develop individual flooding preparedness and mitigation plans. The planning centered on evaluating risk and identifying appropriate actions for reducing the potential impact (and losses) associated with future flooding. The project has been evaluated both for future application in Delta and for transferability to other agricultural areas with a high flood risk, and options are being explored for making the planning tool and process available to additional producers.