June 2, 2010
LE GOULET (CNB) - The provincial government is partnering with three communities in the Acadian Peninsula to help them adapt to the effects of climate change.
Transportation Minister Denis Landry made the announcement today on behalf of Environment Minister Rick Miles.
"The provincial government is pleased to partner with the communities of Bas-Caraquet, Shippagan and Le Goulet to support them in finding solutions to the changing climate," said Landry. "These three communities are already feeling the effects of climate change through coastal erosion, coastal flooding and salt water intrusion. I commend these communities for their willingness to work together in order to benefit their communities and the overall environment."
The project will map portions of the Acadian Peninsula and create a digital elevation model, evaluate coastal erosion rates, establish a sea-level rise model and identify zones at-risk for flooding and erosion.
The project is part of the Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Project, a three year federal-provincial initiative aimed at helping the Atlantic provinces adapt to climate change by targeting local issues such as coastal erosion, flooding and groundwater resource management. This information will be used to prepare solutions to climate change impacts in New Brunswick communities.
The Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions project represents an investment of $8.2 million by the provincial government, New Brunswick communities, the other Atlantic provinces and the federal government.
"New Brunswick is proud to have led the development of the Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Project in collaboration with our colleagues and partners," said Miles. "Adapting to a changing climate is a critical issue for many communities, and by working together, we will build the tools and necessary resources to support decision makers in addressing these issues."
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.