Practitioners Guide to Climate Change Adaptation in Ontario's Ecosystems Ver 1 2011

Summary

Ontarios climate is warming and becoming increasingly variable. It is possible that temperature, precipitation, and wind patterns will continue to change for decades, perhaps centuries, affecting the way communities throughout Ontario manage their natural resources and infrastructure, and changing the lives of people who depend on these assets for health and well-being. Currently, Ontarians are responding to the known and potential impacts of climate change in two ways: mitigation through greenhouse gas emission reductions, and adaptation. Integrating climate change adaptation into natural resource management requires an understanding of the known and potential impacts of climate change and the corresponding vulnerability of, and risks to, ecosystems and the people who rely on them. This guide was developed to help practitioners respond to and prepare for climate change. It was also prepared in response to the Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation (2009) recommendations, the commitments contained in Climate Ready: Ontarios Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan (Government of Ontario, 2011) and the Ministry of Natural Resources strategic priorities on climate change. This guide introduces the concepts of climate change adaptation, vulnerability, and risk. It also describes vulnerability and risk assessment tools and techniques, and a framework that can be used to support adaptive management in a rapidly changing climate. Ultimately, the guide seeks to assist natural resource managers to identify ways that climate change vulnerabilities and risks can be integrated into decision-making processes that include adaptation action plans, strategies, and policies.

Published Date: November 17, 2011
Publisher: Ontario Government, Ministry of Natural Resources
Author: Science and Information Resources Division (SIRD)

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Practitioners Guide to Climate Change Adaptation in Ontario's Ecosystems Ver 1 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4435-7304-7   (PDF) 1.88 MB