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Backgrounder

Prairies Regional Adaptation Collaborative


To prepare effectively for climate change and its impacts, decision-makers need regionally relevant tools, knowledge, networks and policies. To address these needs, the Government of Canada is partnering with provinces and organizations across the country in delivering the Regional Adaptation Collaborative (RAC) Program. Under this program, each region of Canada is developing solutions for region-specific issues related to the impacts of climate change.

The Prairies Regional Adaptation Collaborative (Prairies RAC) will advance adaptation decision making in such a manner. Funded as part of an $85.9-million investment by the Government of Canada, the $6.6-million collaborative initiative works with the University of Regina, the Prairie provinces and non-government organizations to improve the ability of Prairie residents to prepare for climate change through four interrelated initiatives and their associated activities:

Managing Water Resources

  • Identifying water-deficit risk areas under climate change
  • Recommending options for water policy and planning at the regional, provincial and inter-provincial scales
  • Developing innovative water-conservation approaches

Planning for Drought and Floods

  • Developing guidance, recommendations and best practices for decision-makers at the local and provincial level
  • Sharing knowledge across the Prairie region

Managing Forests and Grasslands Ecosystems

  • Assessing the vulnerability of forest and grassland landscapes to climate change and recommending adaptation strategies

Adaptation and Resilience Forums

  • Bringing together decision-makers from across the Prairies to build capacity to adapt to climate change and to recommend policies and adaptation options related to water and terrestrial ecosystems.

The Prairies RAC is managed by the Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative at the University of Regina and involves extensive collaboration. It will receive up to $3.3 million in funding from Natural Resources Canada, as well as matching or in-kind funding from 12 other partners including government departments in Alberta and Manitoba, the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority, the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds and the Saskatchewan Research Council.

The Prairies RAC, one of six regional adaptation collaborative projects planned under Natural Resources Canada’s RAC Program, is aimed at integrating climate change adaptation into a variety of existing planning and decision-making processes. It builds on the scientific findings of the Prairies chapter of the report From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate 2007. This extensive national assessment identified current and expected impacts of climate change across Canada and highlighted the need for a regional approach to adaptation.

Additional climate change adaptation information is also available on the following Web sites: www.adaptation.nrcan.gc.ca and www.parc.ca.

Prairies RAC Funding Partners

Alberta Environment
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development
Manitoba Conservation
Manitoba Water Stewardship
Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives
Manitoba Local Government
Saskatchewan Watershed Authority
Saskatchewan Agriculture
Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds
Provincial Council of Agriculture Development and Diversification (SK)
Saskatchewan Research Council


Media may contact:

Richard Walker
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-996-2007

or

Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-992-4447

NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media/index-eng.php.