Adaptive Capacity

Enhancing the Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change

This collaborative project, led by Dr. John Janmaat at the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia, examines the ability of agricultural communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change in the Okanagan and Cariboo regions.  This project builds on earlier work completed by project partners the Agricultural Climate Adaptation Research Network and the BC Food and Climate Action Initiative. 

The climate change challenges and opportunities confronting BC agriculture, such as water shortages, wildfires, flooding, and pests, are taking place within complex social and institutional relationships. This project examines the organizational network for climate change adaptation.  Specifically, the analysis will identify the organizations that have a role in developing programs and policies for facilitating agricultural adaptation and the relationships between them, how decisions about policies/programs are made, the impacts and effectiveness of policies/programs, and how information is communicated between organizations and producers.  

Project partnerships across academic, government and agriculture sectors are vital for understanding these interactions. The project team includes an Advisory Committee with membership drawn from the University of British Columbia, ACARN, and organizations in the agricultural sector and relies on the expertise of a diverse range of partner members.  

The project is funded by a two-year Partnership Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. These grants support academic research teams working in formal partnerships with other organizations to develop social science research and facilitate knowledge sharing.