Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Project

The Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Project is working collaboratively with a broad range of government and non-government partners in order to enhance Atlantic Canada’s resilience to a changing climate. A series of projects will be undertaken from 2009 to 2012 to address vulnerabilities targeted by this region in theme areas of:

These project themes are summarized below:


Community Planning for Flood and Coastal Areas

Under the Integrating Adaptation Into Community Planning theme, and with linked activities, the Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Project will provide information, adaptation tools, and recommendations needed to facilitate the integration of climate change adaptation into decision-making processes at the provincial, regional, and municipal levels.

Activities include:

  • Assessing risk and vulnerability;
  • Reviewing relevant policies and guidelines;
  • Evaluating adaptation options; and
  • Making recommendations where appropriate.

These activities will lead to recommendations for updates to existing coastal management plans, shoreline protection and setbacks, flood plan regulations, emergency management plans, and other relevant planning processes which will assist in reducing climate-related risks.

Groundwater Protection

The Managing Groundwater Resources theme will examine how management practices can maximize the protection of groundwater from salt water intrusion in the face of sea level rise due to climate change.

Activities include:

  • Developing a report summarizing case study findings in this theme area; and,
  • Developing recommendations for the revision and development of groundwater management guidelines, regulations, and planning processes for source water protection and groundwater use.

Enhancing Capacity of Practitioners

The Enhancing Capacity of Adaptation Practitioners theme will focus on ensuring that findings from the Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Project are disseminated broadly within key practitioner communities.

Activities include:

  • Promoting the effective transfer of data, tools, methodologies, best practices and recommendations emerging from work under the previous two themes so they can be applied broadly across the region;
  • Supporting mainstreaming adaptation within professional forums (eg. planners, engineers and municipal officials); and,
  • Developing an on-line toolkit to build awareness of adaptation issues and capacity for immediate actions.


New Brunswick

  • Department of Environment
  • Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture
  • Department of Local Government
  • Town of Grand Falls
  • City of Dieppe
  • City of Moncton
  • Town of Riverview
  • Greater Moncton Sewage Commission

Nova Scotia

  • Department of Environment
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
  • Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office
  • Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
  • District of Yarmouth
  • Town of Yarmouth
  • District of Lunenburg
  • County of Kings
  • Town of Kentville
  • Town of Wolfville
  • District of Hants West
  • Town of Windsor
  • Town of Hantsport
  • County of Cumberland
  • Town of Amherst
  • Town of Oxford
  • Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Saint Mary’s University
  • Dalhousie University
  • Applied Geomatics Research Group, Nova Scotia Community College
  • St. Francis Xavier University

Prince Edward Island

  • Department of Communities Services, Seniors and Labour
  • Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Rural Development
  • Department of Tourism and Culture
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
  • Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
  • Executive Council Office
  • Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry
  • City of Charlottetown
  • Town of Stratford
  • Town of Montague
  • Community of North Rustico
  • Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association
  • Southeast Environmental Association
  • Federation of PEI Municipalities
  • Three Rivers Heritage Association Inc
  • City of Summerside
  • Island Nature Trust,
  • University of Prince Edward Island
  • Mi’kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Department of Environment and Conservation
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Department of Municipal Affairs
  • Department of Transportation and Works
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Rural Secretariat
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Town of Stephenville Crossing
  • Town of Bay Roberts
  • Memorial University, Department of Geography

Other Partners

  • Environment Canada
  • Atlantic Planners Institute
  • Association Francophone des Municipaliés du Nouveau Brunswick
  • Coastal Zone Research Institute Inc.



For more information on the Atlantic RAC, please contact:

Glen Davis
Executive Director
atlantic Cliamate Adaptation Solutions Association
Fraser Basin Council
Upper Fraser Regional Office
T: 902-424-7606