State of Climate Adaptation - Regional District of East Kootenay Area F - Full Report (2017)

Welcome to the Regional District of East Kootenay Area F’s 2017 baseline report for the State of Climate Adaptation and Resilience in the Basin (SoCARB) indicator suite. The SoCARB indicator suite measures community progress on climate adaptation across five climate impact pathways: extreme weather and emergency preparedness, wildfire, water supply, flooding and agriculture. SoCARB indicators were designed to provide data and insights relating to climate change, including local environmental impacts and community impacts (e.g., economic impacts), as well as information to help build adaptive capacity and track local actions.

This report summarizes the results of an analysis of SoCARB indicators for Area F, and has been prepared as part of a two-year Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute (RDI) pilot project to test and refine the SoCARB indicator suite in communities across the Columbia Basin-Boundary region.

Climate-related events like flooding, drought and higher temperatures can be critical events for communities. Flooding poses a risk to water infrastructure and contributes to turbidity in surface sources; drought has implications for water supply, local food production and increasing wildfire risk; higher temperatures can impact vulnerable populations, including the elderly, socially isolated, chronically ill and infants.

The information presented in this report is intended to highlight trends and impacts related to the local climate and surrounding environment, and to inform local planning and decision-making. This includes changes in indicators outside of the Regional District’s jurisdiction such as glacier extent and wildfire starts, recognizing that a better understanding of trends associated with these indicators can help the community prepare for current and future changes. For other indicators, like per capita water consumption, local governments are better positioned to identify and track where their actions could increase community climate resilience.

Not all 58 SoCARB indicators are reported here. Indicators that Area F has not identified as a priority, as well as all indicators from SoCARB’s Community Resilience Index (see page 2), have been excluded.

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