May 6, 2009
MONCTON (CNB) - A total of $269,000 from the Environmental Trust Fund (ETF) is being invested in a series of Université de Moncton projects that focus on protecting the environment and fighting climate change. Environment Minister Roland Haché made the announcement today in Moncton.
"The ETF plays a vital role in achieving our goal of being a self-sufficient province by 2026," said Haché. "Through these projects, New Brunswick will foster environmental sustainability and ensure that communities around the province continue to be healthy places to live, be attractive to residents, and be drivers of economic growth."
The following 10 projects developed by specific organizations in partnership with the Université de Moncton received support.
Impact of climate change on floods and droughts under climate scenarios ($69,000)
The Université de Moncton will examine the effects of climate change in order to help evaluate the impact of extreme floods and drought on New Brunswick infrastructure. It will provide engineers and water resource managers with knowledge to better adapt to the costly impacts of extreme weather events on various infrastructure.
Adaptation in coastal areas: engagement process with coastal-area residents ($20,000)
The Université de Moncton will provide assistance in the decision-making process addressing climate change adaptation issues related to erosion and sea-level rise for residents in the Kent Planning Commission territory. It will use the knowledge that has been collected in recent years in various coastal areas of the province to provide information and offer direction to assist decision-makers.
Partnerships and recognition of watershed groups ($25,000)
The Université de Moncton will improve the understanding of regional partnerships and local recognition of watershed groups in eastern and northern New Brunswick. This exercise will provide those groups with ways to integrate better into their community and expand partnership, prepare a portrait of the social and environmental impacts of their activities, and improve their financial viability by identifying new opportunities and promoting their socio-economic and environmental impacts.
Monitoring of the impact of two coastal protection structures ($10,000)
The Université de Moncton will monitor coastal changes before and after the installation of two types of erosion protection structures. This information will improve the understanding of how different structures affect their surrounding coastal landscape when faced with coastal storms.
Assessment of heavy metals content in marine species ($20,000)
The Université de Moncton will examine the impact of the bioaccumulation of heavy metals in coastal New Brunswick.
Strategies for adaptation and mitigation of climate change in New Brunswick ($50,000)
This project, undertaken by the Université de Moncton's K.C. Irving chair in sustainable development, in co-operation with the University of New Brunswick, will develop strategies for the adaptation and mitigation of climate change in New Brunswick. It will examine existing information on climate change, and relate it more specifically to New Brunswick. This information will then be used to educate the public and businesses on how to better adapt to the effects of climate change.
Bouctouche - a town resilient to climate change ($25,000)
The Groupe Littoral et vie at Université de Moncton, will work with the Town of Bouctouche to educate the public about climate change adaptation. Workshops and on-site visits will be organized and will offer opportunities for town officials to discuss various issues related to climate change adaptation.
Characterization of municipal and industrial effluent along the shoreline of Shippagan ($26,000)
The Institut de recherche sur les zones côtières will work to improve the quality of the beaches and water resources in the Shippagan area. An assessment of the coastal area of Shippagan will be carried out in order to set up priorities for the remediation process, if necessary.
Workshops on the construction and maintenance of sedimentation ponds ($18,000)
The Institut de recherche sur les zones côtières will help peat bog operators reduce sediment from their operations. This will result in a reduction of suspended solids escaping from peat operation sites and provide cleaner surface water in the receiving streams.
Educational course on the ecological and socio-economical importance of peat bogs in the Acadian Peninsula ($6,000)
The Institut de recherche sur les zones côtières will educate schoolchildren and the general public on the role of peat bogs in the hydrological cycle, and the importance of proper restoration after harvesting.
Each year the ETF provides significant support to community-based initiatives to restore, improve, preserve and protect air, land and water resources in New Brunswick.
Haché announced in April 2009 that almost $4 million from the ETF would be invested in 167 environmental projects throughout New Brunswick in 2009-10.
"I am pleased that the ETF was able to support these projects," said Haché. "Engaging the people of this province, particularly the students and faculty at our universities, in efforts to address climate change will be effective in helping our province reach the goals of the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan and achieve environmental sustainability."
Government launched the five-year action plan in June 2007. As a result of New Brunswick-led initiatives in the plan, greenhouse-gas emissions will be reduced in the province by 5.5 megatonnes annually in 2012. With the addition of federal initiatives, the plan will result in a reduction of New Brunswick's greenhouse-gas emissions to 1990 levels in 2012. The achievement of these reductions will position New Brunswick to realize further reductions of 10 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.
More information on the ETF and the Climate Change Action Plan is available online.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs officer, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.