Prior to launching the Natural Solutions Initiative (NSI) in 2022 and the Integrated Climate Action for BC Communities (ICABCCI) in 2018, ACT focused its research capacity on key projects including Biodiversity-led Nature-based Solutions, Coastal Cities at Risk, and the Columbia River Treaty. Throughout our past projects and in the research we do today, ACT takes key areas of focus into considertion. Details on focus areas and past projects can be found below. 

Areas of Focus

ACT was founded to study nine core topics that require climate change adaptation planning in Canada. Each topic was assigned a senior policy author and a team of graduate researchers, and featured research into climate change challenges and policy responses as well as workshops and other engagement and outreach. To date, ACT has released reports on five of the core topics - Biodiversity, Extreme Weather, Energy, Water Governance, and Crops & Food Supply. Work is currently underway with a variety of partners on the remaining four topics: Health, Sea Level Rise, Population Displacement and New Technologies.


Biodiversity-Led Nature-based Solutions

ACT has been working since 2017 to develop research insights into ways climate adaptation can benefit biodiversity, and vice versa. Nature-based solutions are emerging worldwide as a low carbon, resilient option in urban and rural planning, and it's important that we begin to consider how these approaches can also be designed to benefit species struggling to survive and adapt under a changing climate. The focus on the third and most recent phase of this work focused on regionalizing green infrastructure, which includes development of collaborative engagement activities and resources that will support advancement of low carbon resilience through strategic regional planning of nature-based solutions in southwestern B.C.


Columbia River Treaty

Between 2015 and 2017, ACT completed significant work on the implications of climate change for the future of the Columbia River Treaty.


Coastal Cities at Risk

From 2012-2016, Metro Vancouver was one of four international metropolitan areas, along with Manila, Lagos, and Bangkok, that took part in the $12.5 million research Coastal Cities at Risk network that ACT contributed to, funded by the Canadian International Development Research Council’s International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change (IRIACC).