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Seven-Step ProcessEach

Seven-Step ProcessEach chapter of this workbook focuses on a climate change and weather-relatedissue. Within each chapter is a seven-step process to assist you with assessingyour community’s vulnerabity to these issues. This seven-step process starts withidentifying the problem and ends with identifying your adaptation options. Theseven steps are:7OPTIONSISSUES12LOCATIONSENVIRONMENT65ECONOMY4SOCIETYINFRASTRUCTURE31 Identify the types of climate and weather-related issues that have affectedyour community;2 Locate where these issues have occurred or could occur in your community;3 Assess what infrastructure has been or will be impacted;4 Identify the residents who have been or will be most affected as well as thosewho can provide assistance in the community;5 Assess which economic sectors have been or will be most impacted by the issues;6 Identify how the natural environment has been or will be affected; and7 Determine the best ways to address the issues identified.This seven-step process may need to be completed again in later years giventhat your community and the climate may change. Certain steps may need tobe repeated or revisited after you gain more information or if new questions andconcerns arise.IntroductionIII

Community MappingTo complete the chapters in this workbook, you will need a map of your community.If you do not have a map to use for this purpose, please see the Resource Guide atthe back of the workbook to find out how you can obtain one. Steps 2-7 of eachchapter require that you identify on the map areas in your community where issueshave occurred and could occur in the future. At each step in the process you willbe asked to identify particular issues by drawing on your map. Upon reaching stepseven of the chapter(s) that you have chosen to complete, your map will show:Proper planningcan save lives,prevent damageto importantinfrastructure andsave money in thelong-term.• The location where the issue has occurred and where it could occur;• The infrastructure that has been or could be impacted;• Individuals and groups that have been or will be most affected and thosewho can provide assistance;• Economic sectors that have been or could be impacted; and• Environmentally sensitive areas that have been or could be affected.This information can guide you in directing adaptation efforts and future planningand development in your community.Community mapping inLogy Bay, NL. Areas andinfrastructure at risk from riverflooding were mapped out bycommunity members.Photo credit: Kimberly BittermannIV7 Steps to Assess Climate Change Vulnerability in Your Community

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