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Floodplain Mapping Progresses Under National Climate Change Strategy

By Todd Westcott 10:04AM December 11, 2017

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On Saturday, Canada and British Columbia announced the first annual progress report on the implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the first pan-Canadian plan to address climate change, which highlighted national work on floodplain mapping.

In the past year, governments have taken steps to support communities affected by the impacts of climate change, such as fires, floods, and extreme weather. The first annual progress report highlights how federal, provincial, and territorial governments, along with Indigenous Peoples, are working together to tackle climate change.

“We’ve covered a lot of ground since launching our made-in-Canada climate plan one year ago, and we’re starting to see results,” said Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change. “We also know we have a lot more work ahead of us. By continuing to work together, across the country, we can tackle climate change while building a stronger economy and creating good jobs.”

The federal government’s First Nation Adapt program was expanded in 2017 to include a focus on floodplain mapping on-reserve. The program works with First Nation communities to assess climate change impacts and identify opportunities for climate change projects so that communities can increase the resilience of their infrastructure and emergency management.

“At a time when the world is in the midst of an historic transition from the energy that powered our society for generations to cleaner, renewable sources, Canada is positioned to lead the way, thanks to our abundant resources and world-class expertise,” said Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources. “We look forward to continuing to work with the provinces and territories and with Indigenous Peoples to meet our emissions reductions targets, grow the economy and create good, middle-class jobs for Canadians.”

While meeting the commitments made under the plan will require sustained work over several years, the report finds that governments’ efforts to implement the plan are on track.

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