Adaptation Platform


What is the Adaptation Platform?

The Adaptation Platform brings together key groups from government, industry and professional organizations, to collaborate on adaptation priorities. By providing the structure to pool knowledge, capacity and financial resources, the Platform aims to get work on adaptation done, and to ensure the results of that work, such as information, tools and recommendations, reach the right audiences.

The Adaptation Platform is led by the Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division (CCIAD) at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). The Platform structure includes a Plenary (the coordinating forum) and a series of Working Groups. Current Working Groups include 1) Agriculture, 2) Coastal Management, 3) Economics, 4) Energy, 5) Forestry, 6) Infrastructure and Buildings, 7) Measuring Progress, 8) Mining, 9) Northern, 10) RAC and Tools Synthesis, 11) Science Assessment, 12) Water and Climate Information.

Why was the Adaptation Platform developed?

A changing climate presents a wide range of risks and opportunities, which cut across regions, sectors and disciplines. Our economy, infrastructure, industries, health and social well-being are already being impacted, and these impacts will continue in future. Adapting to these impacts requires engaging and involving key players, to work together towards the shared goals of reducing vulnerability, managing risks, and preparing for potential opportunities.

The Adaptation Platform was built to promote collaboration among those who have a collective stake and role to play in making Canada more climate-resilient. This includes governments, industry, organizations and professionals. By collaborating, we are better able to:

  • determine shared priorities and address them effectively;
  • address issues that cross jurisdictions and affect multiple sectors of the economy;
  • use our resources efficiently;
  • share data, expertise and experience; and
  • avoid unintended negative consequences of adaptation.

The overarching goal of the Adaptation Platform is to create an enabling environment for adaptation, where decision-makers in regions and key industries are equipped with the tools and information they need to adapt to a changing climate.

The Adaptation Platform 1st Annual Report March 2013

The Adaptation Platform
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March 2013
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The Adaptation Platform


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The Adaptation Platform brings together key groups from governments (Federal departments, including, NRCan, AAND, TC, EC, and others; Provincial / Territorial governments; as well as, Regional Adaptation Collaboratives), national industry associations (including, energy, mining and forestry) and professional organizations (including regulatory bodies, financial services, engineers, and planners), to collaborate on adaptation priorities.

This catalyzes: engagement, discussions, improving communication, experience sharing, collaboration, knowledge generation, inspiration and innovation.

The result is five outputs: targeted sector assessments; tailored decision-support tools; synthesis products: best practices, guidelines; approaches to measure adaptation progress; and, economic analyses.

These outputs collectively lead to an outcome of common understanding of issues, barriers, and solutions. In addition, increased awareness, capacity, competitiveness and action.

In turn, these outcomes feed back into the adaptation platform.

Who is involved?

The Adaptation Platform is coordinated and administered by the Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division (CCIAD) at Natural Resources Canada, and involves participants from federal departments, provincial and territorial governments, professional organizations and national natural resource industry associations. Experts from academia and research institutions may also be involved. Participation is through invitation.

How does it operate?

The Plenary is the coordinating forum for the Adaptation Platform. Plenary members are senior-level representatives who meet twice a year to help define priority areas for Working Group efforts, align interests and resources, and identify opportunities for adaptation. Plenary members commit information, knowledge, expertise and resources. The Plenary also contributes to governance matters of the Platform, such as membership and operations. CCIAD chairs the Plenary.

Working Groups bring together people with expertise and/or common interest in specific issues or sectors. Participants collaborate to define, and then work towards achieving, their objectives. Members of the working group may contribute by providing funding, expertise and information from their organizations; writing and reviewing documents; acting as advisory committee members on projects, hosting meetings, etc. Working groups meet primarily by teleconference, and carry out most of their work on the online workspace. Working Group participants are nominated by Plenary members.

Activities under the Platform are carried out by the working group participants as well as through calls for proposals and contracted analysis. Funding is determined based on the priorities and mandate of the funder, which could include any of the Plenary member organizations. For example, initiatives funded by CCIAD reflect and support the priorities of CCIAD’s ‘Enhancing Competitiveness in a Changing Climate program”. These priorities relate to mining, energy, coastal erosion and permafrost; as well as initiatives of national significance that advance knowledge and action on adaptation in Canada (such as science assessment, measuring progress on adaptation, and economic analysis of climate change risks / opportunities).

Working Groups, Projects and Products


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Upcoming Webinars

Energy and Climate Change Adaptation – How Industry Leaders Tackle the Challenge

Wednesday, June 1st, 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
560 Rochester, Room O-19

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This first part of this webinar will address climate change risks for the electricity sector. It will review tools and approaches to integrate climate change into management practices and provide recommendations for all stakeholders. The second half of this webinar will present cases studies of adaptation practices from the broader energy sector and different regions of the world. It will offer potential solutions to address adaptation priorities in the Canadian energy sector.

  • Part I - Adapting to Climate Change – State of Play and Recommendations for the Electricity Sector in Canada
    Devin McCarthy
    , Director of Generation & Environment, Canadian Electricity Association
  • Part II - Case Studies on Adaptation in the Energy Sector – Overcoming Barriers to Adaptation
    -- Elyse Fournier, Energy & Water Resources Specialist, Ouranos
    -- Óli Grétar Sveinsson, Executive Director, Landsvirkjun (Iceland)
    -- Lwandle Mqadi, Senior Consultant, Eskom International (South Africa)
    -- Marco Braun, Ph.D. Hydroclimatology Specialist, Ouranos

For questions, please contact Catherine Marchand

Decks will be available for download a day before the Webinars.
Decks for most past Webinars are available too.
Videorecordings for all past Webinars are also available. 

For more information

Please contact nrcan.adaptation.rncan[at] with any questions or comments.