Advances in Adaptation – A National Perspective. Prairies Regional Adaptation Collaborative Forum Regina, Saskatchewan February, 2012 Dr. Niall O’Dea Director, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division. Purpose. To provide… … an NRCan perspective on adaptation in Canada…
Prairies Regional Adaptation Collaborative ForumRegina, SaskatchewanFebruary, 2012Dr. Niall O’DeaDirector, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division
… an NRCan perspective on adaptation in Canada…
… how that perspective has informed our approach to adaptation programming under the RAC program…
… and how it will guide where we are headed now.
More players, more focused / sophisticated discussion, enhanced ownership of the issues
Objective – more climate-resilient communities and regions, and enhanced competitiveness of Canadian industry.
NRCan works in practical ways
to advance the leading edge of adaptation
Decision pointOur evolution: Our emphasis has shifted along the decision-making continuum over time
What am I adapting to?
What are my risks?
What are possible solutions?
Which action to take?
Information & knowledge producers
OntarioEvolving collaboration: The RAC program was designed to help translate adaptation knowledge into practical action
Catalyzing coordinated and sustained
adaptation decision-making and action
(Forestry, Agriculture, Mining,
Health, Tourism, Multi-sectoral)
(55) 13%Collaborative diversity: Each RAC is generating results across diverse themes
* Cross cutting products are counted in multiple categories
Engagement - federal, regional and local governments, Canadian Institute of Planners
The Adaptation Platform
NRCan, AAND, TC, EC, others
Regulatory bodies, Financial services,
Regional Adaptation Collaboratives
National Industry Associations
Energy, Mining, Forestry, Transport
Contributes to Platform priorities, activities, product development and dissemination
Core federal departments, national industry associations, professional organizations and institutions, provincial and territorial governments, and RAC representatives
May also participate as
Create targeted products, such as
Economic risk analysis
Coastal zone assessment
Impacts and adaptation experts, regional and sector-specific experts, professionals and end users
Update of National Assessment
Measuring progress on adaptation
… and other collaborative initiatives
Structure for collaboration: Channelling diverse sources of knowledge into focused action
The Adaptation Platform
Director, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division (CCIAD),
Natural Resources Canada