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DEC-00146-Environment Binder Cover.indd - Atlantic Climate ...

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Identifying Your

Identifying Your IssuesThis step will help you:7OPTIONSISSUES12LOCATIONS• Identify the issues related to water, weather and climate that have affected yourcommunity in the past; and• Identify the issues that could affect your community in the future.ENVIRONMENT654INFRASTRUCTURE3Things to consider:• Coastal vulnerability• Flooding• Drinking water supply• Slope movement• Winter conditions• WildfireIssue IdentificationHere you willidentify the climaterelatedissues thathave occurred inyour communityand issues that couldoccur in the future.ECONOMYSOCIETYWeather-related events can cause changes to the physical environment and resultin damage to infrastructure, property, heritage sites or environmentally sensitiveareas. In some cases, weather related issues such as increased precipitation can putpeople at risk and make it necessary to evacuate certain areas.Landslide in Daniel’s Harbour,NL, 2006.Photo credit: Fire and Emergency Services, NLRoad washout in the Placentiaarea after Tropical StormChantal hit Newfoundlandand Labrador in 2007.Photo credit: Department of Transportation and Works, NLIntroductionVII

Issues that have impacted your communityTable 2 can be used to help you identify the issues related to water, weather andclimate that have had an impact on your community. In the absence of writtenrecords, traditional and anecdotal local knowledge is a valuable resource.Table 2: Issues that have impacted your communityIssue Yes No DetailsFlooding❏ ❏Coastalvulnerability ❏ ❏Drinking watersupply ❏ ❏Slope movement❏ ❏Winter conditions❏ ❏Wildfire❏ ❏Other❏ ❏Damage on the Bonavista Peninsula,NL from Hurricane Igor, 2010.Photo credit: Fire and Emergency Services, NLVIII7 Steps to Assess Climate Change Vulnerability in Your Community

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