Responding to the Effects of Climate Change in the Lake Simcoe Watershed: A Pilot Study to Inform Development of an Adaptation Strategy on a Watershed Basis CCRR 37

Summary

The Government of Ontario is committed to managing natural resources to account for the projected effects of climate change through both mitigation and adaptation. The mitigation strategy seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by mid-century relative to 1990 levels, while adaptation planning and management will help Ontarians cope with the anticipated effects of climate change. As part of the governments overall strategy to protect and restore the ecological health of the Lake Simcoe Watershed, the Lake Simcoe Protection Act received Royal Assent in December 2008. The Act has provided the authority for the establishment of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan, which includes provisions to manage for climate change. This plan contains a specific climate change policy to guide provincial government ministries, First Nations and Mtis communities, the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA), municipalities, and interested academic institutions in developing a climate change adaptation strategy for the Lake Simcoe Watershed. In this report, the approach, methods, and results of a multi-partner initiative to assess the vulnerabilities of natural and man-made systems to climate change and list options for climate change adaptation for the Lake Simcoe Watershed are described.

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Publisher: Ontario Government, Ministry of Natural Resources
Author: Science and Information Resources Division (SIRD)

Details

Responding to the Effects of Climate Change in the Lake Simcoe Watershed: A Pilot Study to Inform Development of an Adaptation Strategy on a Watershed Basis CCRR 37
ISBN: 978-1-4606-3554-4    (PDF) 2.86 MB