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Water and Climate Adaptation in Canada: A National Dialogue

Mar 20, 2012


For Immediate Distribution

(TORONTO, March 20) -  Climate change is affecting water resources across Canada, with each region and community facing unique opportunities and challenges. The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is hosting a National Water Adaptation to Climate Change Forum to share lessons and opportunities, and to identify needs and potential challenges in advancing adaptation of water resource management nationally.   Approximately 70 of Canada's top water experts, key stakeholders, policy makers and practitioners will come together to discuss their work and their vision for adapting water resources to changing climate conditions.

"The purpose of this forum is to share and document the policy-relevant, locally applicable, climate change adaptation guidance that can be used Canada-wide in the water resources sector," said Chandra Sharma, Senior Manager, Climate Programs, Toronto and Region Conservation "As adaptation to water-related climate risks is increasing in importance across Canada, there is a stronger need for locally relevant resources, tools, best practices and policy guidance. Decision makers are seeking strategies to address the vast array of water-related risks associated with climate change.

Over the past three years, Natural Resources Canada has provided funding through the Regional Adaptation Collaborative Program to advance the learning and best practices in water resource management and climate change adaptation across Canada. This forum will bring together practitioners and experts for a national dialogue around this very important issue and to contribute to a national compendium of water adaptation resources.

"As the climate changes, there will be major implications for Canada's water resources, the environment and the economy," said Dr. Gordon McBean.  "The scientific experts at this workshop, many of whose research was supported by the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, will provide the knowledge for the development of evidence-based policies for national adaptation strategies."

The forum is part of the TRCA's Toward National Water Adaptation Guidance: Bringing Together Knowledge and Best Practices in Climate Change and Water Resources Adaptation Project. Funding for this project is made possible through Natural Resources Canada's Regional Adaptation Collaborative (RAC) Program, in partnership with the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (CFCAS), Canadian Water Resources Association, the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, and Conservation Ontario.

What: National Water Adaptation to Climate Change Forum

When: March 22 and 23, 2012

Where:  Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel 90 Bloor Street East · Toronto, Ontario M4W 1A7

Media pre-registration is required. Agenda is available upon request.


March 22, 1:00 p.m., Welcome Address: Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation for Community Resilience, by Dr. Gordon McBean, international leader in the science and practice of climate change adaptation and natural disaster resilience. Dr. McBean is a Professor at the University of Western Ontario, President-elect of the International Council for Science (ICSU), Chair of the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences and of the Ontario Regional Climate Change Consortium (ORCCC). Dr. McBean has served on many other national and international scientific committees and has chaired the International Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme.

March 22, 7:00 pm Keynote Address: Storm Warning: Water & Climate Security in Canada,  by Robert Sandford, Chair of the Canadian Partnership Initiative in support of the UN Water for Life Decade. Join us and follow one of Canada's most respected water experts as he crosses the country from coast to coast to coast exploring how Canadians are adapting to changes in our hydrological circumstances and how those changes may affect our nation's water and climate security in the future.


March 23, 8:00 am - 11:30 am Water Adaptation Opportunities, Needs and Knowledge


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