Canada invests in climate change adaptation in the forest sector

April 15, 2019

By: The Working Forest Staff

FREDERICTON, CNW — Climate change needs to be tackled head-on in order to build a better future for Canadians. This is why the Government is investing in critical adaptation research while creating good jobs and growing the economy.

Matt DeCourcey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources announced an investment of $300,000 to University of New Brunswick (UNB) for a climate change adaptation project.

Funded through Natural Resources Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Program, UNB’s project will focus on the socio-economic costs and benefits of adapting to climate-induced changes, such as drought and wind, in Atlantic Canada’s forests. Findings from this analysis will help those in the forest sector and communities, including Indigenous peoples, plan and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate. 

UNB will assess how adaptation, such as assisted species migration and other management practices, could help ensure our forests continue to support the economy and local communities.

Today’s announcement is part of the government’s plan to cut pollution, grow the economy and build healthier communities for all Canadians.

“The effects of climate change are being felt across the country, including in Atlantic Canada where forests are being affected by drought and wind conditions. This is why our Government is proud to support the University of New Brunswick as it navigates climate challenges facing the province’s forests and explores solutions that will benefit the environment and local communities,” said Matt DeCourcey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship.

“Funding from Natural Resources Canada provides UNB with the ability to assemble a team of experts to research the impacts of climate change on forests and the best way to adapt to ensure our forests will continue to provide the wide array of ecological goods and services that society depends on,” said Dr. Van Lantz, professor and dean of the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick.

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