Targeted, local, sustainable action
The RACs are addressing regional climate change issues by targeting local and sustainable adaptation planning and decision-making.
Broad-based collaboration is key with Natural Resources Canada's Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division working with partners in provincial, territorial, and local governments, industry, business, academia, and Aboriginal and non-governmental organizations.
There are six RACs established across Canada’s diverse regions, British Columbia, Prairies, Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic and Northern Canada.
The Six RACs and their Focus Areas
- Water Allocation and Use
- Forest and Fisheries Management
- Flood Protection
- Community Adaptation
- Water Supply and Demand
- Drought and Flood Planning
- Forest and Grassland Ecosystems
- Extreme Weather Risk Management
- Water Management
- Community Development Planning
- Built Environment and Infrastructure
- Water Management
- Forestry, Agriculture and Tourism Sectors
- Community Planning for Flood and Coastal Areas
- Groundwater Protection
- Enhancing Capacity of Practitioners
- Vulnerability Assessment of Nunavut's Mining Sector to Climate Change
- Documentation of Good Practices for Northern Exploration and Mining
The RACs will develop knowledge, tools and networks to support practitioners and decision-makers in addressing climate change issues now and in the future. Some examples of the RACs’ actions underway include:
- develop and update plans for water resource, drought and flood protection, emergency preparedness;
- assess and map coastal erosion vulnerability;
- recommend updates to building codes, standards, regulations and by-laws, as well as design standards for transportation and water infrastructure;
- prepare case studies, highlighting region-specific adaptation knowledge;
- develop tools for community and resource planning, and establish “Communities of Practice” to share knowledge and best practices.
Results, reports and networking opportunities will be posted as they become available.