This integrated research project, which ran from 2007-2008, was initiated to better understand the implications of projected climate change impacts and adaptation responses on southern Ontario’s fish, fisheries, and water resources. Climate change will have predominantly negative effects on species and habitats, and resulting economic effects are expected to be devastating to the region. In addition, changes in temperature and precipitation patterns will require alterations to water resources planning and management.
Just as we need housing, wildlife need somewhere to live. Half of Canada’s monitored species are in decline, by a staggering 83 per cent, and even wildlife protected under Canada’s Species at Risk Act are failing to recover. Wildlife simply can’t survive with increasingly degraded or destroyed habitats. They need to find food, mate, migrate and raise their young. Climate change only makes matters worse.
As the 2018 IPCC Special Report makes clear, the need to advance mitigation and adaptation is now more urgent than ever before; moreover, integrating the two streams of action in research and practice via what we call “low carbon resilience” (LCR) policy, planning, and development approaches is potentially more efficient and effective than the current, largely siloed approach. This project focused on the key role professionals play as change agents in climate action, and what is needed for all sectors to advance uptake of LCR-based practices.
Discussions with coastal conservation groups who have mapped eelgrass beds in twenty communities in British Columbia over the last three years have culminated in the production of this document. These stewardship groups make up the B.C. Eelgrass Network, which is part of the Seagrass Conservation Working Group (SCWG), a consortium of scientists, stewardship groups, governmental agencies and researchers committed to the conservation and protection of seagrasses in B.C.
The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change is our plan – developed with the provinces and territories and through engagement with Indigenous peoples – to meet our emissions reduction targets, grow the economy, and build resilience to a changing climate. Our plan includes a pan-Canadian approach to pricing carbon pollution, and measures to achieve reductions across all sectors of the economy. It aims to drive innovation and growth by increasing technology development and adoption to ensure Canadian businesses are competitive in the global low-carbon economy.
The potential effects of climate change on forests will likely have important implications for Canada’s ability to achieve sustainable forest management (SFM) objectives and goals as currently defined. Consequently, climate change was identified as one of two strategic issues of national importance for Canadian forest management, and the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) has recommended that consideration of both climate change and future climatic variability is needed in all aspects of SFM (CCFM 2008).
The 2012-15 West Vancouver Shoreline Protection Plan is complemented by an action plan outlining upcoming work in West Vancouver. With contributions from West Vancouver citizens and groups such as the West Vancouver Shoreline Preservation Society and the West Vancouver Streamkeepers, the District now has a framework and road map to pro-actively work on protecting the waterfront.
Ontario’s climate is warming and becoming increasingly variable. It is possible that temperature, precipitation, and wind patterns will continue to change for decades, perhaps centuries, affecting the way communities throughout Ontario manage their natural resources and infrastructure, and changing the lives of people who depend on these assets for health and well-being. Currently, Ontarians are responding to the known and potential impacts of climate change in two ways: mitigation through greenhouse gas emission reductions, and adaptation.
The Adaptation Platform Working Groups bring together people with expertise and/or common interest in specific issues or sectors. Members collaborate to define objectives, and then work towards achieving them. Members may contribute to this work by providing funding, expertise and information from their organizations; writing and reviewing documents; acting as advisory committee members on projects; hosting meetings, etc. Members come from public and private sectors, academia and professional associations, and are nominated by Plenary members.