Climate Change Adaptation
Climate change refers to the long term shift in overall weather activity. Anticipated impacts of climate change include an increased frequency of heat waves, droughts, storm surges and flooding. Climate change adaptation is a way to manage the risks by anticipating the potential impacts. Adaptation measures include developing effective policies and designing/upgrading municipal infrastructure to accommodate predicted impacts.
The issue of climate change has been a growing concern for many municipalities. In April 2010, the City of Moncton, Dieppe and Town of Riverview were selected to participate in the Regional Adaptation Collaborative (RAC) program which is a cost shared federal program developed to identify and reduce the risks posed by climate change. Under this program, various regions in Canada are developing solutions for region-specific issues related to climate change. In Atlantic Canada, the program is managed by the Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association (ACASA) who also offers many other resources, tools and support.
The results of this study, which was completed by AMEC, were presented to Moncton City Council in the fall of 2012 and can be found on ACASA’s website at http://atlanticadaptation.ca/
In response to this report, City Council resolved to undertake a climate change adaption plan and flood management strategy by June 2013. This document was prepared by the City’s corporate Climate Change Action Committee (CCAC). The CCAC is committed to working with Moncton City Council, the community at large, and our partners at the regional, provincial and federal levels to better understand the implications of climate change and to take action on adaptation strategies, so that the Moncton community and regionGreater Moncton area will continue on a path of resiliency and prosperity.