Climate change is exposing Vancouver Island communities to changes in weather patterns and more frequent extreme events. These changes place local and regional critical infrastructure at risk, which the Vancouver Island region has witnessed in recent flooding. Changing climate hazards have created the need to integrate climate change adaptation into policy, planning, landscape design, and public works maintenance.
This full-day introductory workshop will focus on flood risk management and will cover the new provincial flood hazard area land use management guidelines. The afternoon will include an Adaptation World Cafe, which will offer a space for speakers to share stories of how their communities have tackled adaptation, lessons learned from their experience and what the existing guidelines are for implementing coastal adaptation.
Topics and presenters to date include:
- Flood Mapping, Vulnerability and Risk Assessment | Tamsin Lyle, Principal, Ebbwater Consulting
- Provincial Flood Hazard Area Land Use Management Guidelines | Mitchell Hahn, Inspector of Dikes, FLNRORD
- Community Case Study: Coastal Flood Adaptation in Surrey | Matt Osler, Project Engineer, City of Surrey and Deborah Carlson, West Coast Environmental Law
- Qualicum Beach Waterfront Master Plan | Luke Sales, Town of Qualicum Beach
This workshop is supported through Fraser Basin Council’s BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative program (funded by Natural Resources Canada and the BC Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy).