Climate change adaptation project (10/06/09)

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June 9, 2010

CLAIR (CNB) - The provincial government is partnering with the Village of Clair, Natural Resources Canada and the Canadian Institute of Planners to help the community adapt to the effects of climate change.

The initiative was announced today by Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault.

"The Department of Environment is pleased to be a partner in this project, which will see a community-based climate change adaptation plan developed for Clair," said Arseneault. "Today's project will help ensure that this community has the information and tools to assist them in making decisions to respond to the impacts of climate change."

Arseneault spoke on behalf of Environment Minister Rick Miles.

The project, which is led by the Canadian Institute of Planners, is part of a national program funded through Natural Resources Canada's Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Program.

Four communities across Atlantic Canada have been selected to be part of the initiative. Clair was selected because of its past experience with floods and its willingness to explore adaptation solutions. The solutions developed will be shared locally and nationally to help communities make appropriate decisions as the climate changes.

Two professional land use planners, members of the Canadian Institute of Planners, are presently working with the community. When the project concludes in September, the village will receive an adaptation plan which will guide the municipality in adapting to a changing climate.

"Our institute is working with members, partners and stakeholders to bring the science of climate change to bear on community planning," said Andre Frenette, a planner working on the adaptation plan for Clair. "All communities - large, medium and small - need the capacity to take constructive and meaningful steps toward climate change adaptation and mitigation."

"The community of Clair, like many other communities in New Brunswick, is feeling the effects of a changing climate," said Clair Mayor Ludger Lang. "The development of a climate adaptation plan will provide the tools necessary to enable Clair to better respond to climate change impacts and mitigate those impacts where possible."



MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.