A study out of Alberta found that restoring nature through nature-based climate solutions can help reduce the damage and wear on roads, and overall reduce the costs to municipalities https://www.cbc.ca/news/science/what-on-earth-road-repairs-flooding-1.6809436.
The New Brunswick Environmental Network conducted a public polling study of understanding, perception, and support for nature-based climate solutions in New Brunswick. There were 643 respondents, and the final results are available here!
New resources and reports to support mental and psychosocial wellbeing in the face of responding the the impacts of flooding on communities reports now available here. As New Brunswick faces many instances and risks of flooding due to climate change, it is crucial to have supports in place for communities.
CLIMAtlantic recently released a toolkit that supports residents and local governments in choosing methods of coastal adaptation and providing resources to support implementation in Atlantic Canada.
From the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative : “The final report is now available giving insights on natural infrastructure (NI) from participants attending the 2022 Atlantic Planners Institute Conference in Charlottetown, PEI. Participants shared experiences and opinions on the planning and implementation of NI and natural assets management (NAM). Jointly supported by the Resilience by Design Lab at Royal Roads University and the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI), the workshop included presentations by Adam Cheeseman (Nature NB) Adrian Prado (CSRNO) and Matt Delorme (AIM Network). As climate change concerns shift professional practice, severe weather events such as post-tropical storm Fiona demonstrated the need to work with the power of nature when addressing ageing infrastructure. Insights focused on starting points for immediate action, leverage points to change professional norms, and partnership opportunities that build collaboration. Read the full report on the MNAI website https://mnai.ca/natural-infrastructure-for-planners-workshop-report/.”
Check out this fantastic repository of resources for developing urban forests from Tree Canada, including case studies from New Brunswick and elsewhere in Atlantic Canada!
“Flood and erosion risk analysis for Pokesudie
Technical and scientific work done in 2021
Partners: The Acadian Peninsula Regional Service Commission, Gestion Inuk Simard Inc. and 2PIX Geomatics Inc.
The New Brunswick Environmental Network, along with partner organization Nature NB and advisory committee members CLIMAtlantic, Infrastructure Canada, New Brunswick Climate Change Secretariat, Union of Municipalities of New Brunswick, and L’Association francophone des municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick is leading the Research and Knowledge Initiative Supporting Climate Risk Mitigation for Municipalities with Nature-based Infrastructure. More information on the project can be found here. Check out the engagement sessions (see Calendar) being held throughout the province to get input from communities towards a cost-benefit analysis tool to support decision making in municipalities on the implementation of nature-based climate solutions.
This is a report summarizing key messages for municipalities as it relates to ignoring climate risks and the liability ramifications related to various legal avenues (e.g. common law, constitution). It is focused on flooding impacts on infrastructure management, development permitting, and land-use planning. This is a great resource and tool for municipalities to engage more in assessing and addressing climate risks.