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TitleNatural resources
AuthorLemmen, D S; Johnston, M; Ste-Marie, CORCID logo; Pearce, T
SourceCanada in a changing climate: sector perspectives on impacts and adaptation; by Warren, F J (ed.); Lemmen, D S (ed.); 2014 p. 65-98 Open Access logo Open Access
LinksOnline - En ligne (PDF, 21 MB)
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Mediaon-line; digital; paper
RelatedThis publication is contained in Canada in a changing climate: sector perspectives on impacts and adaptation
RelatedThis publication is a translation of Ressources naturelles
File formatpdf
ProvinceBritish Columbia; Alberta; Saskatchewan; Manitoba; Ontario; Quebec; New Brunswick; Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island; Newfoundland and Labrador; Northwest Territories; Yukon; Nunavut; Canada
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Subjectsenvironmental geology; Nature and Environment; mining; adaptation; temperature; climate effects; climatic fluctuations; climate; environmental impacts; energy; Climate change; Forestry
Illustrationslocation maps; tables
ProgramClimate Change Impacts and Adaptation
ProgramClimate Change Impacts and Adaptation Canada in a Changing Climate
Released2014 01 01
Natural resources are an integral component of Canadian livelihoods and national and regional economies, and will continue to be in future. While the biophysical impacts of climate change of relevance to most natural resource sectors are well understood, integration of these impacts into business planning is generally lacking. Key findings arising from recent literature relating to forestry, mining and energy - the sectors considered in this chapter - include:
Climate change will exacerbate existing climate risks related to the planning and management of natural resource sector industries, including activities associated with exploration, development, operation, distribution, closure and reclamation/rehabilitation. These risks relate to impacts and natural hazards associated with climate extremes (e.g. heat, cold, precipitation) and to slow-onset events such as permafrost degradation, sea level rise, and plant species migration. Climate change will also present new opportunities for the natural resource sectors, particularly in relation to northern economic development.
Consideration of multiple stressors is critical to understanding adaptation in the natural resource sectors. Climate change itself is rarely identified as a priority concern, with industry focused on other immediate stressors, such as economic drivers. Nonetheless, there are opportunities to integrate consideration of climate change into existing planning processes.
Environmental assessment, risk disclosure, and sustainable forest management reporting are examples of processes that can help advance adaptation actions in future. These processes allow governments, investors and the public to evaluate industry understanding of changing climate risks and influence the steps taken to address those risks.
While awareness of climate change impacts and implementation of adaptation actions is most evident in sectors where there is a clear and direct relationship between climate and resource supply, notably forestry and hydroelectricity, the application of adaptive management approaches to address climate change impacts is seen across all natural resource sectors. Adaptive management approaches involve ongoing research, monitoring and evaluation with the intent of informing future management policy and practices, and allowing for flexibility in the face of the uncertainties inherent in climate change.

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