Climate adaptation and resilience plans are community-specific assessments that evaluate the impacts that extreme climate events, like wildfires and floods, will have on communities and natural environments and identify actions for local governments to increase their resilience to a changing climate.
The Database of Municipal Climate Adaptation Plans brings together all publicly available municipal climate adaptation and resilience plans and climate risk and vulnerability assessments that have been developed by municipalities in Alberta.
Use this resource to learn about the variety of approaches to climate adaptation planning underway in Alberta. Use these as opportunities to connect with peer and neighbouring municipalities who are advancing climate adaptation in their communities.
This database will be updated regularly to reflect the field as it continues to develop. If you would like to see your municipality’s plan included, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About the Plans
These plans outline regional climate trends and projected environmental changes specific to a local context. Adaptation planning typically takes local governments through the following iterative process:
- Defining the context and scope of local climate change impacts
- Assessing risks and opportunities, based on the likelihood and consequences of climate change impacts
- Formulating adaptation actions to increase resilience to these risks and maximize opportunities
- Preparing to implement adaptation actions and monitor progress
The Database of Municipal Climate Adaptation Plans summarizes the current state of municipal climate adaptation planning in Alberta and makes these publicly available plans accessible to local governments and adaptation practitioners, enabling others to learn how peer or neighbouring municipalities are approaching climate adaptation planning. The database provides a snapshot of the following aspects of these adaptation plans:
- Methodology used to assess risks and identify adaptation actions
- Number and description of priority climate risks
- Number and description of climate opportunities
- Number of adaptation actions
- Social equity lens – To what extent does the plan consider disproportionate impacts to equity-deserving groups?
- Community engagement – To what extent does the plan consider community engagement in its design and delivery?
- Implementation – To what extent does the plan consider implementation of actions?
Ranging in scope, these plans may be sector-specific (such as the Strathcona County Astotin Creek Resiliency Action Plan); focused on corporate assets and services (such as the City of Leduc Weather and Climate Readiness Plan); or assess community-wide impacts to infrastructure, private property, people and communities, the natural environment, and the local economy (such as the Town of Okotoks Climate Resilience Action Plan).
These plans follow several approaches to assessing climate risks, including the Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) High Level Screening Guide and the Climate Resilience Express (developed by All One Sky Foundation and the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre).