June 25, 2010
MONCTON (CNB) - The provincial government is partnering with Greater Moncton to help the region adapt to climate change. Local Government Minister Chris Collins made the announcement today.
"Our government is pleased to partner with the communities of Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe as they work together to make the necessary changes to the municipal plans and infrastructure programs that will put them in a better position to adapt to the changing climate," said Collins. "Climate change is already affecting the greater Moncton area, and I commend these communities for their willingness to work together to find solutions."
Collins was speaking on behalf of Environment Minister Rick Miles.
The project will map the area; create a digital elevation model; establish a sea-level rise model; and identify infrastructure and buildings at risk due to changes in climate
The project is part of the Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Project, a three-year federal-provincial initiative helping the Atlantic provinces adapt to climate change by targeting local issues such as coastal erosion, flooding and groundwater resource management.
"The Government of Canada is providing funding to the Atlantic Regional Adaptation Collaborative to support local groups, such as the municipalities of the Greater Moncton region, as they develop co-ordinated climate change action plans," said National Revenue Minister Keith Ashfield, who is also minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and minister for the Atlantic Gateway. "The solutions developed through these projects will be shared locally and nationally to help New Brunswick and Canadian communities manage their resources and adapt to their changing climate."
The Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions project represents an investment of $8.2 million by the federal government; the governments in the four Atlantic provinces; as well as New Brunswick communities.
"New Brunswick is proud to have led the development of the Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Project in collaboration with our colleagues and partners," said Collins. "Adapting to a changing climate is a critical issue for many New Brunswick 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.