Communities across the Atlantic region are vulnerable to climate change and need to prepare for its impacts.  An important first step for communities is to assess how, where, and to what extent they are vulnerable.  There are tools available to help communities assess their vulnerability to climate change and to help them prepare for the impacts.  Scroll down to see examples of tools developed for communities in Atlantic Canada. 

7 Steps to Assess Climate Change Vulnerability in Your Community

7 Steps to Assess Climate Change Vulnerability in Your Community is a step-by-step guide to help communities assess their vulnerability to climate change.  

7 Steps to Assess Climate Change Vulnerability in Your Community

Adapted from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) by the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation and Memorial University of Newfoundland, the tool is designed for communities with limited resources and does not require any technical expertise to use.  This tool can serve as a guide for community leaders and decision makers, providing a means for a quick analysis of local climate change impacts and possible adaptation options.

Communities in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick have piloted this tool, many in partnership with local municipal associations. 

 

View or Download the Complete Document

View or Download Individual Chapters of 7 Steps to Assess Climate Change Vulnerability in Your Community.

Managing Municipal Infrastructure in a Changing Climate

Managing Municipal InfrastructureManaging Municipal Infrastructure in a Changing Climate is a workbook developed by Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador that compliments 7 Steps to Assess Climate Change Vulnerability in Your Community. It guides municipal officials through a series of exercises, beginning with a discussion of municipal infrastructure, how it is planned, constructed and maintained and then suggests options for what can be done to manage and protect municipal infrastructure to minimize vulnerability. The workbook includes a glossary, case studies and links to references and other sources of information.

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