Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for Atlantic Canada
Atlantic Canada communities are already experiencing the effects of climate change and this will intensify in the future. Sea level rise, combined with geologic sinking in the Atlantic region, is of particular concern. More frequent and intense storm events, and water variability causing floods and drought, are anticipated. Atlantic communities located in coastal areas and along inland waters, and the infrastructure and resources they rely on, will be increasingly stressed by climate change impacts.
Recognizing the importance and benefits of a regional collaborative approach, the Council of Atlantic Environment Ministers supported New Brunswick hosting a regional climate change adaptation workshop on climate change adaptation responses for coastal areas and inland water issues. The purpose of the workshop was to inform the development of a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for Atlantic Canada to be considered at the Atlantic Environment Ministers meeting to be held in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, on June 5-6, 2008.
On May 8-9, 2008, the New Brunswick Department of Environment and Natural Resources Canada co-hosted a Climate Change Adaptation Workshop, in collaboration with other Atlantic Provinces, in Saint John, New Brunswick. The NRCan assessment of the Atlantic region vulnerabilities and implications for communities, infrastructure and ecosystems was instrumental in defining and clarifying the scope of the workshop.
The Workshop focused on three common priority areas for the Atlantic region and in part informed the development of the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for Atlantic Canada. Common priority areas included coastal areas, inland waters and related infrastructure.