Climate Action & Adaptation
Where can I go for information?

Understanding the potential affects of climate change and taking action can feel overwhelming.  Governments at the provincial and local levels have been working on climate change mitigation and adaptation.  The recent frequency of floods and wildfires has promted new studies, and existing reports and best practices to be updated.  Many of the risk and mitigation resources for properties and human safety can be found on our website under the Emergency Operations tab.  General climate action resources can  be found below, and the most recent publication is an RDOS collaboration specifically designed for property owners and residents of the South Okanagan; Building Climate Resilience in the Okanagan.  There are additional reports specific to the RDOS as required annually by the Province. 

 See Report Section for more info

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Climate Action Resources
climate Proj Snippit4

 February 2020 Climate Projections for the Okanagan Region

 

This report is intended to support a local understanding of how climate across the Okanagan is projected to change, and inform regional planning on how to prepare for future climate events. This work is critical to maintaining wellbeing, including robust ecosystems, a thriving community, and a vibrant economy. Early efforts to prepare infrastructure and communities to climate change will reduce regional reliance on continued emergency management activations and support the ability of the region to thrive over time. Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS).

This report offers climate projections for the Okanagan in the 2050s and forward to the 2080s. The 2050s projections are useful for medium-term planning purposes, while the 2080s provide guidance for long-term planning and decision-making. Findings indicate that the Okanagan can expect significant changes to climate in the coming decades.


Cover LakeshoreLiving 

A Resource For Okanagan and Similkameen Lakeshore Living

 

A healthy and natural shoreline protects your property from flooding and keeps the water safe and clean for people and animals. A healthy lake can enhance tourism, increase property values and reduce future costs from water treatment, shoreline management, and flooding. This guide provides resources for residents to support sustainable lakeshore living. 

 TOClimateActionPlan7  

As a first step toward coordinated action on climate changes acrosss the Ministry, all regions and program areas are required to develop Climate Action Plans (CAPs)

that address the goals and obje tives of the Climate Change Strategy.

This Thompson/Okanagan Region Climate Action Plan will satisfy these requirements and will provie guidance towards addressing climate change reisks in our day to day operations.  

 OkanaganStrategies4  The strategy outlines the anticipated changes in climate and the associated affects on agricultural entities. It provides clear actions suited to local specifics, capacity and resources.
 BildingClimateGuide4  

RDOS & Real Estate Foundation of BC

Building Climate Resilience in the Okanagan

This homeowner's resource guide introduces the reader to the unique Okanagan enviroment, and provides advice on how to use this knowledge to enhance and futureproof your property. 

 AClimateChange Kelowna  

City of Kelowna  

A Changing Climate

In 2017 Kelowna experience several major weather events similar to those we expect to occur more regularly in a future influenced by climate change. By understanding how climate changes is impacting our community, it is possible to understand how the City and community should respond to this emergeing issue to complement the City's efforts on Climate Action. 

 Adaption Primer7  

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects

Adaptation Primers - Canada's Changing Climate

https://www.csla-aapc.ca/primers 

The PRIMERs are provided in a four-volume set. PRIMER ONE summarizes the science on climate weather and change.  PRIMER TWO provides information on how individuals, communties and organizations can begin now to prepare for anticiapted changes.PRIMER THREE presents planning and design tools,existing and emerging, that can help in the creation of resilient and prosperous communities and sustainable ecosystems. 

PRIMER FOUR summarizers approaches and tools focused on one of the fastest emerging challenges - rising water levels.