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B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell, centre, chats with New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham, right, at the start of an adaptation to climate change forum at the Pan Pacific Hotel yesterday.

Canada’s provinces are launching a study on how forests are adapting to changing climates, B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell announced yesterday at the end of a first ministers’ meeting in Vancouver.

Not forthcoming however was a rumoured carbon cap-and-trade system between B.C. and three other provinces.

The provinces, said Campbell, will also look at water conservation and will develop a national strategy to mitigate future floods.

As well, the three territories will develop a Northern adaptation strategy because the impacts of climate change will be more pronounced in the North.

Campbell called forests "a major ally" in combating greenhouse gas emissions and said the forests study would examine where different species should be planted to respond to changes in climate.

He did not say how much the study would cost and offered no details about where more trees might be planted in B.C.

He did say that he hoped B.C. will be as well known for planting trees as the province is for cutting trees.

Earlier yesterday it was rumoured that B.C., Manitoba, Quebec and Ontario were close to reaching a deal on a carbon cap-and-trade system. However no such deal was announced.

Quebec Premier Jean Charest and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty spoke about the inevitability of a carbon-trading system.

Charest said he’d like to see carbon traded on the Montreal Stock Exchange.