B.C. funds 4 four climate and disaster risk-reduction projects
October 16, 2023
By Avert staff
The B.C. government is putting $2.9 million into four organizations that are working on projects to better inform policy development and decision making around climate and disaster risk reduction.
Bowinn Ma, Minister of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness, announced the funding on International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction last week, noting the “significant impacts” that climate change has had on B.C.
“These initiatives will amplify our understanding of where our strengths and risks are, enabling us to bolster our collective resiliency to the impacts of climate change,” Ma said.
B.C. introduced new legislation in early October, the Emergency and Disaster Management Act, to replace the Emergency Program Act. The province said the findings from these four projects will support risk assessments that will be required under the new legislation.
Social Planning and Resource Council of BC has been allocated $1.5 million, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions received $495,000, and the University of British Columbia’s Disaster Resilience Research Network and Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium will each receive $450,000.
In addition to informing B.C.’s disaster and climate risk and resilience assessments, project findings will also be incorporated in ClimateReadyBC, the province’s online platform for information on reducing disaster and climate risks.
Find project details here.
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