Nature Smart Project

The purpose of the CDFCP Nature Smart Project is to convene key stakeholders in a cross-disciplinary collaborative process to develop a Framework for the delivery of nature-based solutions to the twin problem of climate change and biodiversity loss in south-west BC

The focus is on identifying gaps and opportunities in the development of policies, decision-support tools and incentives available to local government, ENGOs and First Nations.

Year 1 Projects – 2021-2022

The CDFCP supported the following projects in Year 1;

  • Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping in the Comox Region.
  • Carbon Project Feasibility Assessment in the CDFCP Working Area.
  • Literature Review of Hydrological Modelling in Relation to Forestry Management.
  • Cultural Sensitivity Training for CDFCP Steering Committee members.

Year 2 Projects – 2022 – 2023

The CDFCP undertook in depth interviews with local government and First Nations representatives and experts within the field of carbon and environmental finance to:

  • Identify gaps or rub points in regulation and policy relating to the protection / creation of ecosystems (forests, fresh water and coastal wetlands) that will reduce or provide resilience to the effects of climate change.
  • Review if there is a lack of information / knowledge that is impacting on decision making.
  • Identify how financial incentives for private landowners and municipalities could accelerate adaptation. 


Below are two reports that have been produced presenting the results. Note that the report presenting First Nations views and comments is not being made publicly available. 

Video explaining what we mean by nature based solutions to climate change.

This video was developed by the Nature-based Solutions Initiative at the University of Oxford ( Illustrations by Cécile Girardin and Isabel Key; animation by Matthew Mullholland.