Climate Adaptation Challenge

Advisory Services

Develop a local climate adaptation plan based on local climate data, your existing plans, historical experience with climate impacts and extreme weather. The Climate Adaptation Challenge is delivered in partnership with the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre and All One Sky Foundation.   


Why Participate  

Alberta municipalities are at the forefront of climate change impacts. As a response to current and future climate conditions, local climate adaptation planning increases the resiliency and prosperity of local communities. The Climate Adaptation Challenge supports small municipalities in starting their climate adaptation work.

The successful participants will work in collaboration with the Action Centre and All One Sky to access and use climate science and local knowledge to identify vulnerabilities, assess, and prioritize climate risks. The climate risk assessment will then be used to develop an adaptation plan with actions and implementation strategies.

Build your community resilience through the climate adaptation challenge

Global climate change has local impacts. Municipalities bear the brunt of extreme weather events such as drought, wildfires, and flooding.

Who can apply

Communities designated as Municipalities within the province of Alberta that include cities, towns, village, summer villages, municipal districts, or specialized Municipalities. Preference will be given to smaller communities.

Two municipalities will be selected to participate in the Climate Adaptation Challenge.

Climate Adaptation Challenge Outcomes

Participating communities’ climate adaptation plan is expected to include:

  • Summary of relevant community plans, policies, and bylaws 
  • Summary of historic experience with climate impacts and extreme weather 
  • Summary of local climate change projections 
  • Climate impact statements with definitions and thresholds 
  • Climate change risk assessment results 
  • Summary of action planning research 
  • Summary of public engagement outcomes 
  • Summary of the climate adaptation plan 

Capacity Building Services

The Climate Adaptation Challenge will use the Climate Resilience Express planning guide and toolkit as a framework for the participating communities. The two participating municipalities will each receive up to 650 hours of capacity building support. This includes direct support for working through each step in the Climate Resilience Express framework and planning workshops for staff and local stakeholders.

Commitment

The Action Centre requires participating municipalities to be dedicated to completing each step in the program. Commitment from the community includes: 

  • assigning a dedicated staff member as the primary program contact, 
  • allocating 20 hours a month, for 6 months, to complete the work detailed in the Climate Adaptation Challenge,
  • working through all the steps in the Climate Adaptation Challenge within the 6-month timeframe,
  • hosting workshops (amount and dates to be coordinated with the participating community), and
  • ensuring participation of at least 10 community stakeholders at the workshop(s). 

How to apply

Submit an Expression of Interest for the opportunity to participate in the Climate Adaptation Challenge.

Within your Expression of Interest, you will outline the climate challenges facing your municipality and how your participation in the Climate Adaptation Challenge will help overcome these challenges. Preference will be given to communities with no past experience in climate risk assessments or climate adaptation plans, or communities with climate risks assessments or climate adaptation plans for which there is evidence of the need for substantial revision.

We encourage you to discuss your Expression of Interest answers with the Action Centre prior to submitting.


Participation Timeline

Step 1: Review the Program Materials

Prior to starting, the Action Centre recommends that interested municipalities review the Climate Adaptation Challenge Guidebook.

Step 2: Submit an Expression of Interest

If your community is eligible, you must submit an Expression of Interest to indicate your interest in participating in the Climate Adaptation Challenge. You are encouraged to discuss your answers with the Action Centre in advance of finalizing their submission.

Note: Expression of Interest is now closed.

Step 3: Letter of Agreement 

Successful municipalities will sign a Letter of Commitment which outlines the responsibilities of the selected Climate Adaptation Challenge participants to engage in program activities. Upon signing a Letter of Commitment, municipalities are formally admitted to the program. At this step municipalities confirm the primary municipal contact that are taking on the Climate Adaptation Challenge program.

Step 4: Introduce and Finalize Program Plan

Primary contacts at the municipality will attend a kickoff meeting to review and confirm the scope of work to be completed in the Climate Adaptation Challenge. The municipalities will be introduced to the Climate Resilience Express framework and how each step in the framework will be delivered in the program. The number of workshops that take place and dates are to be coordinated with the participating community.

Note: Online webinars may be organized when required in response to COVID-19 public health measures.

Step 5: Background Research

The primary contact will work with the Climate Adaptation Challenge team to review and summarize relevant community plans, policies, and bylaws, and historic experience with climate impacts and extreme weather.

Step 6: Climate data

The Climate Adaptation Challenge team will collect and analyze local climate data and quantify the likelihood of climate impacts. The primary contact will work with the Team to establishing climate impact statements, determining appropriate definitions and thresholds. Stakeholders will also be engaged to review and verify climate impact statements.

Step 7: Climate Risk Assessment

The Climate Adaptation Challenge team will identify trends, assess hazards and risks to community assets. Working with the primary contact, the team will evaluate the likelihood and consequence of climate risks within the community. The primary contact and the team will design and deliver some public engagement, including a community survey and analysis of results.

Step 8: Action Planning

The team will review and summarize what the community is currently doing to manage priority risks and identify appropriate actions to address priority climate change risks and opportunities.

Step 9: Project Completion 

The team will develop a planning document based on the actions. Once the final plan is ready, the team will communicate the climate risk assessment and adaptation plan to community staff and local leaders.

Build your community resilience through the climate adaptation challenge

Global climate change has local impacts. Municipalities bear the brunt of extreme weather events such as drought, wildfires, and flooding.