Events and Workshops
Mainstreaming Climate Change Into Watershed Management
(Geared to Conservation Authority Staff)
Geared to Conservation Authorities, this workshop will provide Conservation Authority participants with an update on the state of the science today, legal and financial implications of climate change, as well as initiatives underway federally, provincially, municipally, and within Conservation Authorities. Small breakout groups will explore tools that can be used to undertake watershed trends analysis, develop a climate change strategy framework and look at issues around climate change communication, outreach, and partnerships.
These files are in .pdf versions; if you wish to receive the presentations, please contact Kristin Bristow at Conservation Ontario.
- Update on the State of the Science (Dr. David Pearson, Laurentian University)
- Business Case for Adaptation (Laura Zizzo, Zizzo Allan Climate Law)
- Provincial Climate Change Update (Ian Smith & James Scott, MOE)
- Peel Municipal Partnerships (Simone Banze, Peel Region)
- Conservation Authority Climate Change Primer (Charley Worte, Conservation Ontario)
- Conservation Ontario Green Economy (Jo-Anne Rzadki, Conservation Ontario)
1. Practical Climate Trends Analysis – A Simple and Effective Approach
Trends in climate data provide valuable insight into the changes which are being observed. The objective of the workshop was to show a basic technique to analyze the climate trends and impacts in local watersheds. The workshop is based on data used for the water budgeting process for Source Protection Planning. This data is available for all CA watersheds.
- MVCA Intro
- MVCA Data Availability and Analysis
- MVCA Climate Trends in the Maitland River Watershed
- MVCA Adaptation Strategies
2. Incorporating Climate Change Into Conservation Authority Business
This session focuses on initiatives by Conservation Authorities to mainstream climate change into their daily business. Case studies of the state-of-the-practice include watershed planning (hydrologic impacts), information use by municipalities (emergency response) and natural heritage resilience (planning stream rehabilitation and tree planting).
- Adapting to the Hydrologic Impacts of Climate Change (Grand River)
- Integrating Extreme Weather into Emergency Response Planning – Sudbury Case Study
- Natural Heritage Stewardship
3. So Now What? Communicating Climate Change
This session provided an introduction to climate change communication basics and reviewed some example programs, projects and vehicles currently being used by Conservation Authorities to communicate climate change.
- An Introduction to Communicating Climate Chang (ICLEI)
- Examples of Climate Change Communication by Conservation Authorities (UTRCA)
Final Workshop Report with next steps- COMING