The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) hosted a workshop with other stakeholders to examine climate model projections of the Okanagan in the year 2050. The results are expected to be released in a report in January 2020. (File Photo)

RDOS collaborates with stakeholders to examine climate projections in the year 2050

Projections were completed by Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium out of University of Victoria

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is partnering with other regional districts and stakeholders to better understand climate change impacts in the Okanagan.

The RDOS hosted a workshop on Sept. 27 with stakeholders including local government staff in the South Okanagan Similkameen, representatives from various municipalities, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program (SOSCP). According to a release, the workshop included climate modelling results for the South Okanagan Similkameen in the year 2050 and was presented by the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, located at the University of Victoria.

“The modelling projections being completed by the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium used 2050 as a base year to compare to the present,” states the release. “A final report is expected to be made public in January 2020. Other topics of discussion during the workshop included climate impacts on agriculture, health, land use, buildings, infrastructure, ecosystems, transportation and the local economy.”

The release notes that this workshop took place during many of the rallies and marches that were held throughout the Okanagan and across the globe as part of the Global Climate Strike, a movement championed by Swedish environmental teen activist Greta Thunberg.

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