In 2016, NVCA began working on a Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan that will support global, federal and provincial goals by focusing on our watershed to support climate change adaption and mitigation.
The strategy is being developed using the five milestone framework set out by ICLEI: Local
Governments for Sustainability.
Information on each milestone will be posted as it becomes available.
Milestone 1: Initiate
In Milestone 1, we set the stage for developing the Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan. Key elements included initial research, establishing the internal climate change team, and planning for stakeholder involvement.
Milestone 1 was the NVCA's board
of directors endorsed a watershed climate change charter:
NVCA's Watershed Climate Change Charter
"Scientific evidence shows climate change is happening now. This consensus that greenhouse gas emissions are seriously affecting Earth's climate and that climate change is having increasing negative global impacts, effects the NVCA watershed's environment and economy.
The NVCA agrees that we need to take responsibility at the local, watershed level and act to address both climate change adaptation and mitigation. We need to prepare for climate change impacts in ways that promote environmental integrity, economic prosperity, and health benefits for all.
It is important for individuals and organizations to share ideas and best practices and coordinate efforts to accomplish these goals as effectively as possible. NVCA agrees that we need to be part of this coordination and conversation."
Councillor Doug Lougheed
June 24, 2016
Milestone 2: Research
The local impacts of global climate change are becoming more prevalent.
Climate data observations within the Nottawasaga Valley watershed confirm that temperatures have been climbing steadily, particularly in winter months, and annual precipitation has been increasing.
Recent extreme weather events such as flash flooding, heat waves, drought, and tornadoes illustrate the extent to which weather can impact daily life. They also emphasize the need to be prepared for changing weather regimes where such events are expected to become more commonplace.
In the Milestone 2 report, we provide a basic overview of climatic changes projected to occur in the Nottawasaga Valley from present until the turn of the century. While temperature and precipitation changes are the focus of the report, increasing stream temperatures, and extreme rainfall intensity, duration and frequency are also studied.
NVCA Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan Milestone 2 (December 2016)
Milestone 3: Plan
In Milestone 3, NVCA is engaging a wide range of stakeholders to gather insights on priorities and actions to be considered in the development of the authority's climate change action plan.
The stakeholder engagement process was undertaken in conjunction with environmental technology students from Georgian College, as part of their third-year stakeholder engagement and management course.