BC, Canada: Ministry of Environment, Government of British Columbia, Canada released new guidelines to help British Columbia’s coastal communities, update floodplain area maps and adapt to rising sea levels. The Coastal Floodplain Mapping Guidelines and Specifications recommends standards for topographic mapping and identifies engineering requirements for establishing building elevations in coastal areas.
It also includes a sample floodplain map showing potential floodplain areas to the year 2100, along with an engineering design brief. This information will help urban planners and local government officials incorporate rising sea levels into flood-hazard area land-development decisions, such as official community plans, zoning, subdivisions and building permits.
The work has been made possible by a USD 60,000 contribution from the Province and Natural Resources Canada’s Regional Adaptation Collaborative Program, which facilitates climate change adaptation planning and decision-making at the regional level.