Federal government creates advisory panel on adapting to climate change

August 31, 2017

By: The Working Forest Staff

GATINEAU, QC – The Government of Canada is making significant investments to help communities build their resilience to climate change as a part of its plan to address climate change.

This week, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced the Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Results.

“Acting now to deal with current and future climate change impacts will help protect Canadians from climate change risks and reduce their costs from climate-related damage and health issues,” said Minister McKenna.

The expert panel will advise the government on measuring progress on adaptation and climate resilience to better understand how federal, provincial, and territorial adaptation efforts are building Canada’s resilience to climate change, for instance, by providing up-to-date information, supporting climate-smart infrastructure, and updating building codes. The panel will also support the federal government in better communicating to Canadians how we are preparing for and adapting to the current and future impacts of climate change.

The Expert Panel will support the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, which is Canada’s plan to meet its greenhouse gas emissions reduction target, build resilience to the impacts of climate change, and create clean growth and jobs through investments in clean technology, innovation, and infrastructure.

Dr. Blair Feltmate, head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo, will chair the expert panel. The panel will also include academic, private sector, government, non-government, and Indigenous representation. The panel will engage with provinces and territories in its work.

“All regions of Canada are subject to the impacts of a changing climate. In response to these impacts, the expert panel will serve a critical role in informing how we measure progress on advancing resilience and limiting extreme weather risk experienced by Canadians,” Dr. Feltmate said in press release.

The government announcement notes that climate change is impacting the severity, frequency, and duration of extreme events including flooding, droughts, storm surges, high winds, and heat waves.

Photo: Riverfront Ave., Calgary, during 2013 flood. Photo by Ryan L. C. Quan via Wikimedia Commons

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