The City of Toronto’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy: From Development to Implementation

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United States
43° 39' 11.6136" N, 79° 22' 59.4624" W
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Summary: 

Like many cities in the Great Lakes region, Toronto is already experiencing the impacts and consequences of climate change. To better prepare for the future, the City of Toronto created a comprehensive climate change adaptation strategy in 2008. The development and implementation process of the adaptation strategy is well cataloged in subsequent reports and other documents. As of 2011, the City of Toronto has actively implemented 76 programs or projects designed to help Toronto adapt to climate change.

Typology of Smallholder Vulnerability to Weather Extremes with Regard to Food Security in the Peruvian Altiplano

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United States
14° 46' 29.5788" S, 70° 55' 39.8424" W
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Author Name(s): 
Diana Sietz, Sabino Edgar Mamani Choque, Matthias K.B. Lüdeke
Summary: 

Smallholder livelihoods in the Peruvian Altiplano (central Andes) are frequently threatened by weather extremes, including droughts, frosts and heavy rainfall. A project was undertaken to investigate characteristics of smallholder households that explain the link between climate vulnerability and food security. This study revealed distinct groups of smallholders with regard to their ability to meet food requirements. Taking up the basic concept of pattern analysis, vulnerability was assessed based on similarities at the household level.

Québec City’s Environmental Services Adaptation Plan

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United States
46° 48' 11.8188" N, 71° 14' 34.0656" W
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Summary: 

To prepare for the impacts climate change may pose to Québec City, the Environmental Services Department developed a targeted climate change adaptation strategy. The adaptation plan was approved in 2009 and has 88 adaptation measures, the majority of which are focused on water quality and availability issues. Québec City plans to use the lessons learned and results from the Environmental Services Department climate change adaptation strategy to develop subsequent adaptation strategies for the entire city.

Climate Change and Coastal Adaptation Options for the Great Lakes

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United States
45° 34' 41.394" N, 80° 56' 50.1576" W
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In 2003, a collaborative effort was launched to assess the likely impacts climate change may pose to communities in Ontario living in the coastal zones of the Great Lakes and develop adaptation options. Information was gathered using extensive literature reviews, public workshops, and modeling. The data and adaptation options were discussed with the public via five workshops held throughout the Great Lakes Ontario region. A final report was released in 2006.

Rein in the Runoff: Michigan’s Spring Lake Stormwater Management Project

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United States
43° 4' 37.0668" N, 86° 11' 49.1892" W
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Over the past few decades, stormwater has increased pollutant loads in Spring Lake, Michigan. In 2007, a collaborative team of researchers began working with the community of Spring Lake to develop an integrated assessment of Best Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce local stormwater impacts. The integrated assessment process involved a detailed assessment of natural, economic, and social issues, future population growth scenarios, and an analysis of potential BMPs.

Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Communities: Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Adaptation Strategies

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United States
46° 28' 55.2144" N, 84° 34' 21.9144" W
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Coastal wetlands in the Great Lakes region will be impacted by climate change. Namely, changes in water level could have dire consequences for existing wetlands and dependent bird and fish communities. To examine the impacts climate change may cause to coastal wetlands, project staff assessed vulnerabilities and evaluated adaptation options.

Survey Says. . .Great Lakes Coastal Communities Choose Climate Adaptation!

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United States
44° 49' 10.2648" N, 82° 15' 56.25" W
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Author Name(s): 
Katherine Kahl, Heather Stirratt
Summary: 

Climate change adaptation can be broadly defined as the process of evaluating the changes in climate that are occurring and that are expected to occur, linking those climatic changes to impacts on the things we value, identifying ways to address those impacts, and ultimately updating and implementing strategies to reduce future risks.

Canada’s Regional Adaptation Collaboratives Climate Change Program

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United States
55° 12' 8.2152" N, 93° 52' 1.8768" W
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The Regional Adaptation Collaboratives (RAC) Climate Change Program was designed to help Canadian communities prepare for and adapt to the regional impacts of climate change. The six RACs work with federal, provincial, local, and community partners to identify climate-related issues and develop place-specific solutions to mitigate adverse impacts in the future. The RAC Program and associated projects are scheduled to conclude in December 2012.

Adapting to Climate Change in Ontario Parks

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United States
49° 3' 25.4592" N, 84° 1' 24.3768" W
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Climate change is expected to negatively impact the parks and protected lands in Ontario. To better prepare for these adverse impacts, 45 experts were convened and surveyed in order to identify the most feasible and desirable adaptation recommendations in a systematic fashion. In sum, over 1,000 recommendations were generated and later condensed down to nearly 160. Fifty-six of these recommendations were deemed “desirable” or “highly desirable” by panel experts but only two were considered to be highly feasible.

Addressing Climate Change Impacts in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

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United States
45° 28' 2.3664" N, 82° 58' 7.5" W
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Summary: 

The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (Agreement), initially signed in 1972, is a binational accord between the United States and Canada to protect regional water quality in the Great Lakes basin. An amendment to the Agreement was released in September 2012; among the additions is an annex dedicated to climate change.