How should water resources management practices across the country be modified to adapt to the challenges posed by changing weather patterns and global climate change? A new report funded by Natural Resource Canada’s Regional Adaptation Collaborative Program explores the issue.
This report, titled Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation in Canadian Water Resource Management, is a collaboration between the Canadian Climate Forum (formerly CFCAS), the Canadian Water Resources Association, and Toronto and Region Conservation with significant contributions by provincial, municipal and aboriginal governments, watershed agencies, academia, businesses, and ENGOs from across Canada.
“Communities across Ontario are under pressure to adapt to climate change hazards,” said Chandra Sharma, watershed specialist and senior manager, climate change at Toronto and Region Conservation. “There are existing knowledge and experience that we’ve documented in this report and available on the website to help communities develop locally-relevant and practical adaptation measures.”
The report provides a snapshot of the current state-of-practice with respect of climate change adaptation in water resource management across Canada and presents a set of strategies and recommendations for effectively integrating climate change adaptation into the practice and policies of water resource management. The report explores how policies, projects, and community actions have supported adaptation in water resource management across Canada, and recommends strategic directions for further improving adaptation.