Adaptation 2016 Climate change adaptation


Adaptation 2016 Climate change adaptation
Community Engagement in
Adaptation Planning
Adaptation 2016
Are you ready for
the new normal?
Be prepared.
Be resilient.
© ICLEI Canada 2016
BARC 101
• National program for Canadian
• Respond to the impacts of climate change
• protect the people, property, and
prosperity of your community
• Develop and implement an adaptation plan
• Receive guidance through ICLEI’s
proven adaptation planning process
• Support through tools, training, and
• One-on-one assistance from our expert
© ICLEI Canada 2016
Securing both internal and external buy-in (Oakville,
• Internal buy-in and capacity building
• External awareness raising
Partnership building and working with the community
(Thunder Bay, Ontario)
• Find out what climate change means locally?
• Partnership building
Reach out beyond the usual suspects (Faith and the
Common Good)
• Explore and tap new resources, both human
and financial
Ready ,
Set ,
Faith Community Emergency
Preparedness Toolkit
Sponsored by
Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) and
Bloomington Public Health
Adaptation 2016
How to Promote Climate Change Adaptation Through
Regional Collaboration – The Powell River Experience
Laura Roddan, MA, MCIP
Manager of Planning Services
Powell River Regional District
Powell River Regional District
Who we are + What we do
Communities we work with
• region composed of island and
coastal communities
• 5 rural electoral areas
• 3 unincorporated villages
• City of Powell River
• Tla’amin Nation
local government authority
incorporating 5 electoral areas and
one municipality
located on west coast of British
Columbia, 175 km north of
Vancouver within traditional
territory of the Tla’amin Nation
cover an area of approximately
5,000 square kilometres
provide land use planning,
emergency preparedness and 911,
solid waste management, fire
protection and regional parks
services to approximately 20,000
regional residents
• Coastal nature of our
development will make us
increasingly vulnerable to impacts
of climate change - sea level rise +
storm surge and also increased
rainfall events + periods of
Promoting climate change adaptation
through regional collaboration
Tla’amin Nation
City of PR
Regional District
Centre for BC
Real Estate
Adaptation 2016
Climate change adaptation – How to engage internal
stakeholders and other departments within the
Julien St-Laurent, M.Sc.Env., CCO
Spécialiste environnement
Direction des Travaux publics
Division hygiène du milieu et développement durable
Population de Trois-Rivières : 135 000 habitants (9e ville au Québec)
332 km2 dont 55 km2 urbanisé
Employés municipaux : environ 1200
Cols bleus, cols blancs, policiers, pompiers, etc.
Traversée par la rivière Saint-Maurice et en bordure du fleuve Saint-Laurent
Début de la démarche d’adaptation aux changements climatiques : 2009
Rédaction du plan d’adaptation : 2010-2013
Mise en œuvre depuis 2013
Analyses des vulnérabilités – Comment faire participer les employés
Avoir l’appui des hauts fonctionnaires ou du conseil de ville (Directeur général de la Ville
qui croit au projet, conseillers qui appuient le projet)
Permet d’avoir la légitimité pour obliger les employés à participer à la démarche
Faire comprendre aux employés qu’une équipe pluridisciplinaire est primordiale pour
effectuer l’analyse de risques.
Consulter tous les départements de la Ville en groupe restreint en ciblant leur champs
spécifiques de compétences
Ex : sécurité publique (mesures d’urgence), voirie (déneigement, entretien chaussée), parcs et
espaces verts (arbres, végétaux, terrains sportifs), etc.
Intégrer les gestionnaires (directeurs, coordonnateurs, chefs de services) autant que les
syndiqués cols blancs et les syndiqués cols bleus (personnel technique)
Pour les employés qui n’auraient pas participer à la démarche
Organisation de conférences et ateliers d’information sur ce que sont les changements
climatiques et ce que cela va changer dans leur travail respectif.
South-west region in Yukon Territory – Haines Junction
Born & raised in the Yukon a member of the Champagne & Aishihik First
Technical staff to now an elected official for CAFN, Member of Yukon Water
Board, owner of a small business
CAFN has a comprehensive land claim & self-government agreement, 21
years…. that allows us to develop own Legislation & Policies
What started our awareness?
Spruce Bark Beetle infestation started our visible awareness in the mid
Spruce Bark Beetle Advisory Committee
Emergency Measures Planning - ongoing
Forest Management Planning – ongoing – What do we do with all this
Climate Change awareness with all people within our Traditional Territory
Climate Change in our Backyard #1- Your observations of change
Climate Change in our Backyard #2 – Adaptation
Key Messages
• Collaborate with other community organizations – get political buy-in
• Climate change has no borders – has to be done with and for all in the
• Climate change is not just the responsibility of one department
• Community engagement needs a local champion – takes time to find
• Work with community values
• Traditional Knowledge, Local Knowledge and Scientific Knowledge =
• Local consultants, external consultants/experts
• Creating hooks takes $, making it fun takes $, site visits cost $
• Small has its benefits, but also its downfalls - role model communities
are a great possibility especially with one jurisdiction – ensure part of
local plans & initiatives
• Can be hard to find local staff in small communities…training…as there is
no “climate change” departments in small communities.
• Looking for funding that fits your community can be a challenge – make
sure you are heard
Moving Forward
• So much change – fast change – awareness is greater now, less fight
with the skeptical – more community willingness than ever!
• Ongoing of mapping of traditional meds, CAFN community and R-block
land use planning, Forest Act, Minerals Act, water strategy, political
• Climate Change Adaptation workshops underway
• First Nations culture and way of life..our values are being affected….but
so is everyone else’s…need to keep working together and respect each
other’s values…if true community engagement is going to work!
Looking for a climate change in our backyard #3 – Brining it all together!
Rose Kushniruk
Champagne & Aishihik First Nations
Box 5309
Haines Junction, Yukon Territory Y0B
(867) 634-4200
Cell: (867) 334-5695
New Brunswick
Addressing capacity challenges
in medium-sized & small communities
Sabine Dietz, BA, MES
Environmental & Climate Change Adaptation Specialist
New Brunswick
Population 751,000; 73 km2
Ontario, BC ~ 1 million km2
Coastline ~ 5,500 km
60% of people live within 50km of coast
In 2014:
- 100 municipalities
- 5 rural communities
- 266 LSD's =35%of the population
- 90% of land base
Largest municipality:
Saint John, 70,000
Community Capacity
Knowledge resources
Human resources
Financial resources
Social resources
Challenges in medium to
small communities:
Lack of capacity
Role of environmental non-profits in NB:
Over 90 organizations
Collective experience; broad engagement
• Provide the networks (i.e. knowledge
• Facilitate conversations
• Facilitate adaptation planning
• Provide access to funding sources
• Provide outreach and education
Goal: build their capacity to work on
adaptation & with local governments