The institutional context of governance is a fundamental determinant of the adaptive capacity of rural agricultural producers and their communities to adapt to climate change and respond to drought and flood (Adger et al., 2009; Willems and Baumert, 2003). Unit 1C of the VACEA project evaluated the governance and policy context in relation to the adaptation of agricultural producers and the events of drought and flood.

After a review of secondary sources (institutional mandates, laws, policies, and in- struments applicable to agriculture, drought and flood), seventy interviews were con- ducted with local governance institutions in the VACEA study areas and a further twenty six semi-structured interviews were conducted with key informants in the provincial and federal governance system relating to agricultural producers, local communities, droughts and floods. 

Vulnerability to Climate Extremes in the Americas Project (VACEA) Governance and Policy Assessment (Unit 1C) by Margot Hurlbert, Sam Hauge, and Harry Diaz




People, plants and animals are challenged with wide ranges of temperatures, precipitation and other climatic conditions in the prairie region. This fact sheet introduces some main features of climate extremes for the Swift Current Creek Watershed (SCC) in Saskatchewan and Oldman River Watershed (OM) in Alberta. 

Features of Climate Extremes in Two Key Watersheds in the Canadian Prairies - The Swift Current Creek and Oldman River Watersheds: A VACEA Fact Sheetby Elaine Wheaton, Barrie Bonsal, Virginia Wittrock, and Jessica Vanstone.