The Adaptation Library is a publicly accessible and searchable collection of community, forestry, and energy related adaptation products. The goal of the Library is to connect community and industry users with relevant information related to climate change adaptation in Canada and abroad.
Adaptation Library Project – 2013
The first iteration of the Adaptation Library included only community-based adaptation resources developed through the Natural Resources Canada Regional Adaptation Collaborative (RACs) and Tools for Adaptation Programs.
The RACs Program was a three-year, $30 million, cost-shared initiative to support coordinated action towards advancing regional climate change adaptation decision-making. It funded the development of resources and tools to help local practitioners and decision-makers reduce the risks and maximize opportunities arising from a changing climate. Under this Program, the Government of Canada invested in six regional adaptation collaboratives:
- The British Columbia Regional Adaptation Collaborative.
- The Prairie Regional Adaptation Collaborative
- The Northern Regional Adaptation Collaborative
- The Ontario Regional Adaptation
- The Québec Regional Adaptation Collaborative
- The Atlantic Canada Regional Adaptation Collaborative
The Tools for Adaptation products were meant to provide a practical, step-wise approach to assess risks and opportunities from a changing climate, and provide guidance for planning and implementing adaptations.
Adaptation Library Expansion Project – 2015
The second iteration of the Adaptation Library saw the expansion of the website to include 100 additional adaptation-based resources and increased user interaction features. In addition to 60 new community based adaptation resources, the library now includes 40 energy and forestry-sector products in an effort to present the issue of climate change adaptation from different focus areas.
The scope of the project was also expanded to include resources from outside of Canada, as well as resources that were not necessarily funded under Natural Resources Canada RAC and Tools division. These included materials from:
- Newly published RAC and NRCan tools not previously included in the Library
- Canadian organizations and universities (e.g. Clean Air Partnership, OURANOS, OCCIAR, University of Waterloo, etc.)
- Provincial governments
- International resources (e.g. US EPA, NOAA, UKCIP, GIZ, World Bank, United Nations, etc.
Additional functionality features were also included in the Library expansion, such as a user upload function, whereby users are given the opportunity to upload other adaptation related resources that were not originally included in the scope of the project. User rating and review features have also been added on each product page, and allow users to provide their own feedback on how helpful they found the resource to be, and how it may have been applied in their own work. Furthermore, the updated “My Library” feature now allows users to create a login profile and save various resources in their folder to access and consult at a later date.