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IT’S TIME TO

NOW

PREPARE

7 Steps to Assess Climate Change

Vulnerability in Your Community


Letter from the Minister

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. The Government of

Newfoundland and Labrador recognizes the seriousness of this challenge and is

taking action to lower emissions and help communities prepare for the impacts.

Many communities across the province have already been affected by changing

temperatures and precipitation patterns. The workbook, 7 Steps to Assess Climate

Change Vulnerability in Your Community, has been designed to help community

leaders take action today and be better prepared for the future.

The workbook, designed in collaboration with Memorial University, Municipalities

Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Professional Municipal Administrators, will

assist communities in anticipating and preparing for weather hazards. While every

community faces a unique set of challenges, the workbook is set-up to allow

community leaders to focus on the specific issues affecting their community. While

climate change is a global problem, adapting to climate change is best addressed

at the local level. This workbook will help communities incorporate climate change

considerations into their planning, development and decision making processes.

7 Steps to Assess Climate Change Impacts in Your Community has been developed

through the Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association, part of the Regional

Adaptation Collaborative program supported by Natural Resources Canada. The

workbook is part of a larger suite of projects in the Atlantic Provinces. Additional

information on climate change adaptation is available in the Resource Guide at the

back of the workbook and through the website www.atlanticadaptation.ca.

Sincerely,

TOM HEDDERSON, MHA

Harbour Main

Minister


Letter from Glenn Davis

Communities in the Atlantic Provinces have a unique relationship with the weather,

the land, and the sea. Most of our communities have been built along the coast and

on rivers, where they benefit from access to the sea but are also at risk to erosion,

storm surges and hurricanes. As the climate continues to change we must work

together to keep our communities safe and resilient to extreme weather. That work

can be accomplished more effectively through sharing knowledge, experiences

and best practices.

7 Steps to Assess Climate Change Vulnerability in Your Community is a workbook that

was designed to help community leaders start the process of determining where

their communities are vulnerable and what steps they might take to be prepared. At

the back of the workbook there are case studies from across the Atlantic provinces,

highlighting some of the challenges that communities face and also some options

for how to adapt to those challenges.

In Partnership with Natural Resources Canada, the Atlantic Climate Adaptation

Solutions Association has helped to coordinate a series of projects in the Atlantic

Provinces that have been designed to advance our understanding of how climate

change will affect our communities. You can access this workbook 7 Steps to Assess

Climate Change Vulnerability in Your Community, along with reports and guides from

many other projects, on our website atlanticadaptation.ca.

Sincerely,

Glenn Davis

Regional Coordinator

Council of Atlantic Premiers

Eastern Canadian Premiers Secretariat


Acknowledgements:

With kind permission from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

(NOAA), this guide has been adapted from the NOAA Coastal Services Centre’s

Community Vulnerability Assessment Tool which is available at www.csc.noaa.gov/

products/nchaz/startup.htm

Funding for this project has been provided by Natural Resources Canada and

the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Environment

and Conservation.

The workbook has been developed by Memorial University of Newfoundland,

Department of Geography (Dr. Kelly Vodden and Dr. Norm Catto, Melanie Irvine,

Kathleen Parewick and Nicole Renaud and with Kristina Turner, Sarah Chan, Gail

Collins and Janelle Skeard) in partnership with: Government of Newfoundland and

Labrador, Department of Environment and Conservation (Kimberly Bittermann and

Tammy Keats); Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (Robert Keenan and

Churence Rogers); and Professional Municipal Administrators (Derrick Bragg and

Krista Planke).

Edited and compiled by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador,

Department of Environment and Conservation (Kimberly Bittermann, Courtney

Blundon, Nicole Rowsell and John Drover).

Special thanks to Memorial University of Newfoundland, Department of Geography

(Dr. Trevor Bell, Dr. Joel Finnis and Dr. Johanna Wolf) Government of Newfoundland

and Labrador, Department of Environment and Conservation - Water Resources

Management Division, Department of Natural Resources – Geological Survey

Division (Dr. Martin Batterson), Forest Engineering and Industry Services Division (Eric

Earle and Dan Lavigne), the communities of Corner Brook, Ferryland, Fortune, Indian

Bay, Irishtown-Summerside and Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove, and our Atlantic

Partners from New Brunswick (Robert Hughes and Sabine Dietz), Nova Scotia (Will

Green and Danny Walmsley) and Prince Edward Island (Erin Taylor and Don Jardine).

Comments provided by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Rural

Secretariat, Department of Municipal Affairs and the Atlantic Planners Institute are

also gratefully acknowledged.

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