The BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative (Initiative) was developed in 2008 by the BC Agriculture Council to enable a proactive and pan-agriculture approach to climate change issues.
The BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative (the Initiative) develops tools and resources to enhance the ability of the BC agriculture sector to adapt to climate change. Visit the Climate Action Initiative website to learn more.
Cariboo - Wildfire Preparedness and Mitigation Planning and Resources
The Climate Action Initiative developed agriculture-specific resources and plans to strengthen wildfire preparedness, mitigation and recovery in the Cariboo.
This project piloted development of individual farm plans, as well as collaborative planning with producers facing wildfire risk. The individual farm plan process identifies the risks, gaps and concerns faced by individual producers and the resources inventory details available resources. Two collaborative planning workshops engaged groups of producers in close proximity, with the underlying objective of improving fire mitigation, preparedness and recovery, as well as enhancing communication between key fire management and response agencies and the agriculture sector. Costs, issues and barriers around implementation of mitigation measures are also identified in the Opportunities and Barriers report
Wildfire Preparedness & Mitigation: Opportunities Barriers (2016)
Wildfire Preparedness & Mitigation: Planning Process (2016)
Wildfire Preparedness & Mitigation: Planning Template (2016)
Wildfire Preparedness & Mitigation: Resources (2016)
Cariboo - Dams
Dams play an important role in water storage to ensure continued access to sufficient water for irrigation and livestock. While dams benefit a range of stakeholders, many agricultural producers are solely responsible for mandatory dam assessments, upgrades, maintenance and management. These can be cost prohibitive, and there is concern that producers are opting to decommission dams rather than maintain them. Through the Climate Action Initiative, two projects on dams were undertaken:
1) A Shared Approach to Maintaining & Enhancing Dams in the Cariboo
This project completed an inventory the region's agricultural dams and examined the main issues of maintaining water storage infrastructure.
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Summary - Maintaining and Enhancing Agricultural Dams in the Cariboo Region (2015)
2) Agriculture Dams Knowledge Transfer Resource
This project focused on building resource materials and holding workshops to "strengthen the knowledge and capacity of agricultural dam owners to fulfill the Water Sustainability Act and Dam Safety Regulation"
Dam Safety Management Binder (Version 1.02 February 2017)
Dam Safety Management in BC - Dam Safety Workshop Presentation
Forage Production Increases Climate Change Adaptation: Forage Practices Form Foundation of On-farm Research Toolkit
The impacts of climate change will be felt differently in different regions. In the Central Interior, four producers are running on-farm forage trials that will help to inform a new farm research toolkit intended
to assist forage producers across BC to evaluate opportunities for new crops or agronomic practices
for climate change adaptation.
The project includes the installation of weather stations, the evaluation of production practices through on-farm trials, and the production of a manual to assist producers with conducting their own on-farm trials. The project activities are intended to increase the information and management options available to producers to assist them in responding to changes in growing conditions.
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A Guide to On-Farm Demonstration Research
Management-Intensive Grazing aids Adapting to, and Mitigation Climate Change
Ranchers in the BC Interior are participating in a multi-year project to evaluate the potential for management-intensive grazing systems to improve the resilience of rangelands and pastures in the face of climate change.
Hotter and drier summer conditions and reduced winter snowpack are already becoming more common in the Central Interior. This trend is expected to continue with climate change, along with more frequent extreme precipitation events. As a result, grazing lands may become vulnerable to water stress, soil erosion and decreased productivity.
Management-intensive grazing involves planned grazing and rest periods for pastures, often using higher livestock density and electric fences to achieve grazing objectives. In this case, the objective is to retain moisture levels in soils and to improve the diversity and productivity of plants, as this is likely to enhance resilience in the face of dry and drought conditions.
Farm Practices & Climate Adaptation Series
This series of six reports evaluates selected farm practices for their potential to reduce risk or increase resilience in a changing climate. Three of the reports are relevant to cattle ranchers: Management Intensive Grazing, Shelterbelts and Water Storage.
1) Management-Intensive Grazing
Farm Practices & Climate Change Adaptation Series - Management-Intensive Grazing
Farm Practices & Climate Change Adaptation Series - Shelterbelts
3) Water Storage
Farm Practices & Climate Change Adaptation Series -Water Storage
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