Our climate is changing. Scientific understanding of climate change indicates that Canada will experience significant shifts in weather patterns over the span of a single generation, a trend that will most likely continue. Climate changes poses a risk to sensitive coastal ecosystems, coastal infrastructure, low lying properties and areas of rapid coastal erosion. All municipalities in Nova Scotia must complete a Municipal Climate Change Action Plan (MCCAP) as an amendment to the Integrated Community Sustainability Plans adopted in 2010 by the end of 2013. These plans will include strategies and actions for both mitigation of and adaptation to climate change.
Climate change mitigation involves a focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, impacting the cause of climate change in the long term through measures such as energy conservation and renewable energy. Climate change adaptation involves undertaking activities designed to reduce and minimize the harmful consequences of changing climate. The Province has designed a process to help municipalities plan adaptation strategies, which includes vulnerability assessments of infrastructure and also a general assessment of potential economic, social and environmental impacts.
Potential Impacts of Climate Change on our communities:
View our Municipal Climate Change Action Plan pdf here (4.46 MB) .
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