Agriculture & Climate Change
Growing Agricultural Economy
Agriculture forms a significant component of the Regional District's economy, producing over one-third of all provincial gross farm receipts. Agriculture will continue to play a leading role in expanding the region and the clean economy.
There are 1.4 million hectares in the FVRD; 5.4% of which is highly productive agricultural land, 1% is used for settlement purposes, and the remainder is dominated by mountainous terrain.
Agricultural Climate Change Adaptation
The Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) and the Climate Change Adaptation Program (CCAP) partnered to deliver an FVRD Regional Adaptation Strategy to address climate change impact issues specific to our region.
Through a series of workshops and meetings, regionally specific local sector impacts and priorities were identified along with a series of strategies and actions for adapting and strengthening resilience.
The resulting Regional Adaptation Strategies Series: Fraser Valley Region and follow-up Fraser Valley Adaptation Strategies Update are intended to offer clear actions suited to the specifics of the local context, both with respect to anticipated changes and local capacity and assets. The top issues identified in the Strategies are:
- Precipitation and Extreme Weather Events
- Warmer & Drier Conditions
- Changing Pest & Beneficial Insect Populations
- Changing Freshet Flood Risk
- Frequency & Intensity of Extreme Heat Events
Related projects and other resources can be found on the Climate Change Adaptation Program (CCAP) website.
Farm Flood Readiness Tool Kit
As part of the CCAP program, a Farm Flood Readiness Tool Kit has been created to help producers prepare for and recover from flooding. The toolkit includes eight fact sheets that provide information about topics ranging from determining flood risk levels to protecting livestock. It also contains eight worksheets, as fillable PDFs, that producers can use to actively plan for specific operational needs.