Programs We Deliver

CAI delivers two key programs, supports provincial-level adaptation activities and strives to make project results and outputs accessible.

Regional Adaptation Program

CAI has been delivering the Regional Adaptation Program — creating plans and managing projects — since 2013.

Program overview

The Regional Adaptation Program defines regional strategic priorities and delivers collaborative projects for agricultural adaptation. The program cultivates partnerships across the BC agriculture sector and all levels of government to address defined priorities.

The program is divided into two key phases:

  1. Developing an adaptation plan specific to a region, which includes identifying and prioritizing climate issues.
  2. Implementing projects within the region to achieve strategies and actions outlined in the plan.

Regional adaptation plans:

  • Facilitate collaborative planning between producers, agricultural groups and local and provincial government agencies
  • Strengthen understanding of the potential impacts of climate change to agriculture in the region
  • Identify regionally suitable options, strategies and actions for adapting to climate issues

Completed plans include:

  • Climate projections
  • Details about impacts to agriculture
  • Prioritized climate issues
  • Regionally specific strategies and actions

Regional adaptation projects flow directly from the strategies and actions in the regional adaptation plans.

Guidance on project choice and implementation is provided by the region’s working group, a committee of experts that includes producers and local and provincial government representatives. Many projects are multi-year, and some take place through several phases of activity.

Projects:

  • Deepen knowledge of specific risks, opportunities and appropriate adaptations
  • Develop tools and resources that enable adaptive decision-making
  • Strengthen collaborative relationships and capacity for future delivery of adaptation actions

For more information

Details about individual regional adaptation plans and highlights of active and past projects delivered under this program can be found on the Regional Adaptation pages.

Workshops with producers, local government staff and other partners are an essential part of the regional adaptation planning process.

Farm Adaptation Innovator Program

CAI has been delivering FAIP — overseeing the application process and supporting active projects — since 2014. FAIP funding has been fully allocated for 2018-2023.

Program overview

The Farm Adaptation Innovator Program (FAIP) delivers funding for farm-level, applied research projects that help producers adapt to the impacts of climate change. Projects bring together researchers, farmers, agricultural organizations, educational institutions, technical experts and others.

In BC, the diversity of the production types and growing conditions makes local research particularly important because results or findings from other locations may not be applicable or accurate. Local research gives producers the opportunity to see practices and technologies in the field and think about how they might apply them to their own operations.

Projects run from two to four years to allow methods to be tested over multiple growing seasons and under a variety of conditions. Research takes place on farm sites throughout the province.

FAIP projects:

  • Demonstrate and evaluate innovative practices on working farms
  • Create informational resources, such as fact sheets and workbooks
  • Share knowledge through workshops, field days and other activities

For more information

Download the 2018-2023 project list and see highlights of active and past projects on the Regional Adaptation pages. If you have questions about FAIP projects, contact FAIP Coordinator, Shauna MacKinnon.