|Title||Building community resilience: key considerations and lessons learned from twelve Canadian communities|
|Author||Oldfield, E; Nciri, A; Wicks, E (ed.)|
|Source|| 2020, 43 pages Open Access|
|Links||Online - En ligne|
|Related||This publication is related to the following
|Province||Canada; British Columbia; Alberta; Saskatchewan; Manitoba; Ontario; Quebec; New Brunswick; Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island; Newfoundland and Labrador; Northwest Territories; Yukon; Nunavut|
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|Lat/Long WENS||-141.0000 -50.0000 90.0000 41.7500|
|Subjects||Nature and Environment; Science and Technology; Economics and Industry; energy; Climate change; Climate change adaptation; Capacity building; Energy sector; cumulative effects|
|Program||Climate Change Impacts and
|Program||Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Climate Change Adaptation Program|
|Released||2020 01 01|
Almost 90% of Canadian energy utilities have been significantly impacted by a weather event such as high winds, ice storms, floods, droughts, and forest fires, in the last decade.
Climate 1 change will continue to increase the frequency and intensity of these events2. Though reliable energy supply is needed to maintain the essential functions of everyday life, there are limited tools and assessment processes to help local
governments and utilities to collaborate and plan effectively for risk mitigation and climate adaptation.
The objectives of QUEST's Municipalities and Utilities Partnering for Community Resilience initiative were 1) to foster collaboration between
municipalities, energy utilities, and other key community stakeholders, 2) to conduct climate risks and vulnerability assessments through innovative tools and endorsed methodologies, and 3) to inform climate adaptation measures and emergency
preparedness by identifying each community's areas of vulnerability and strength, and by making tailored recommendations with a focus on energy infrastructure and prolonged power outages.
This two-year initiative, funded by FCM and NRCAN as two
separate projects, involved twelve Canadian municipalities in the provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, and Alberta. Beyond the unique characteristics of each community and province, QUEST identified common strengths and
vulnerabilities among participating municipalities and partnering energy utilities. Despite the diverse energy landscapes across provinces, and how this impacts energy utilities, QUEST noted similar trends in the way they are coping with vulnerable
assets, strengthening infrastructure, and improving emergency preparedness and restoration responses in a context of increased frequency and intensity of atmospheric and hydrological hazards.
This report presents lessons learned from
participating municipalities and energy utilities and leverages them into a guide for communities interested in starting or reviewing their climate adaptation and climate planning strategy and their emergency responses, with a specific lens on energy
Section 2 highlights the relevance of the initiative and the benefits for participating communities. It confirms that municipal staff and energy utilities need and want to work together, and how the methodology developed by QUEST
facilitated more integration and collaboration. Section 3 presents lessons learned from municipalities and energy utilities. Firstly, it highlights municipalities' most common strengths and vulnerabilities, as well as energy utilities' key emerging
practices to cope with climate hazards, and the most common areas of improvement. Secondly, it presents the key recommendations selected by participating communities to advance climate adaptation, strengthen energy systems, and augment emergency
preparedness. Finally, it analyzes the key challenges to the development and implementation of climate adaptation measures. Section 4 builds on the lessons learned to develop a guide for municipalities interested in resilience planning. It highlights
eight key considerations and provides additional tips and resources to develop effective public communication and secure financial resources - two major barriers to climate adaptation and planning.
|Summary||(Plain Language Summary, not published)|
This report presents lessons learned from participating municipalities and energy utilities and leverages them into a guide for communities interested in
starting or reviewing their climate adaptation and climate planning strategy and their emergency responses, with a specific lens on energy infrastructure.