Risk and vulnerabilities associated with extreme natural hazards and severe weather

Undertook a comprehensive study for the Mi’kmaq Conservation Group, to address climate change impacts to three communities (Pictou Landing, Indian Brook and Glooscap) in terms of their economics, public health and safety, environmental and ecosystem health and cultural areas and heritage. The study (Climate Change and Water/Wastewater Facilities – Impacts, Hazard Assessment and Adaptation for First Nation Communities) was to determine the vulnerability of First Nation water/wastewater facilities and stormwater management systems.   A particular concern in one community was placed on assessing the significance of sea level rise and storm surge on coastal flooding and recommending adaptation strategies.  (2016)

Adaptive management

Provided advice to the Nova Scotia Departments of Agriculture and Environment on the need for a comprehensive program to address climate change impacts on the agricultural sector.  Recommendations were made to pursue funding under the federal/provincial Agri-Risk Initiatives Program.  The proposed submission was aimed at establishing a private/public partnership arrangement to develop a web-based decision-support tool that is capable of evaluating the effects of various climatic hazardous types (e.g., heavy precipitation, extreme weather).  The need for and type of adaptation measures to reduce future impacts were included.  (2016)

Asset Management

Placed a priority on working with members of the Nova Scotia Department of the Environment and Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal to adopt “climate ready” approaches to address infrastructure and asset management requirements.  A presentation was drafted which outlined the impacts of climate change on infrastructure, key engineering challenges, future projections to identify climate risks and tools that can be used to support the design and development of resilient infrastructure. (2016)

Provide advice to the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture, Land Protection Section, on the development of an asset management approach to address impacts associated with flooding, identify appropriate mitigation planning measures and recommend adaptation strategies to protect dykes and associated infrastructure.

Capacity building on climate change

 

January 27, 2017 AAROM Symposium

January 27, 2017 AAROM Symposium

Developed a climate change strategy for the Nova Scotia Department of Environment, Land Protection Section, which outline the issues, priorities and directions to address existing and emerging climate change challenges related to day-to-day decision making and program operations.  Initial emphasis will be placed on developing a climate change lens for its various programs and services to assess threats, risks and vulnerabilities. 

Worked with the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and other provincial departments to identify options for building capacity to address extreme natural hazards (e.g., flooding) through a workshop.  ClimAction Services was instrumental in developing the agenda and recommending the structure, design and organization of the workshop.  (2015)                                                                                   

Made a presentation to members of the Nova Scotia Department of the Environment, Protected Spaces Division.  This presentation outlined the impacts of climate change on protected spaces, key challenges and future projections to identify climate risks and tools that can be used to support the effective management of these spaces for future generations. (2016)

Integrated water management

Nova Scotia Department of Environment requested a review of monitoring benchmarks incorporating climate change considerations into downstream maintenance flow values in the Cheticamp River system and Indian Brook.  These benchmarks contributed to identifying terms/conditions for future water withdrawal approval for the Nova Scotia Power Incorporated Wreck Cove Hydro system.  They also contributed to how to manage down stream flows under a changing climate regime. (2016)

Developed regional and national sustainable water management programs to address national source water protection and water availability issues, water management opportunities on federal lands and for First Nations.  In addition, worked with a variety of departments, agencies and communities to address First Nation water management issues in Cape Breton. (2015)

Strategic and Operational Planning

Developed a framework for the Nova Scotia Department of Environment on the Flood Assessment Fund to undertake a comprehensive evaluation to measure the overall success of the Fund using a series of performance measures and outcomes. (2014)

Provided advice to the Nova Scotia Department of Environment on the objectives, funding criteria, guidelines and application forms for the Nova Scotia Flood Assessment Fund through the provision of strategic advice. (2014)

Developed a long-term strategic plan for the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture, Land Protection Section, which identified key climate change challenges and opportunities that the Section should address.  The focus of the plan was placed on evaluating coastal and inland flooding from sea level rise and storm surge, identifying assets at risk from inundation and recommending adaptation as a means of protecting coastal resources.  (2015)

 

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Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture

Nova Scotia Department of Environment

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations

Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources

Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities

First Nations

  • Pita’paq Partnership: Eskasoni, Membertou, Chapel Island, Wagmatcook, Waycobah, Malagawatch
  • Mi’kmaq Confederacy
  • Mi’kmaq Conservation Group

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