The effects of climate change in Canada have certainly not gone unnoticed as specific adaptation measures have been implemented to address the issue. An overview of some of these measures includes: (a) making climate change information and education more widely available; (b) investing in natural infrastructure that protects the country from climate change disasters (c) improving the resilience of buildings and structures by developing building codes (d) providing support to regions most affected by climate change such as the coasts of Canada and the North (e) preserving the natural environment and ecosystems.
Current adaptation strategies
Canada’s strategy, developed in collaboration with the provinces, territories, and Indigenous Peoples, is the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. Canada is expanding its economy, cutting emissions, and addressing climate change thanks to the plan. With its Greening Government Strategy, Canada is also pursuing environmentally friendly and resilient operations. Furthermore, the Federal Adaptation Policy Framework aids in taking climate risks into account when making decisions on a variety of initiatives and programmes that promote Canadians’ wellbeing. The Emergency Management Strategy for Canada helps guide federal and provincial governments to take action to improve emergency management capacity and reduce disaster risk.
The Arctic Policy Framework, which was announced in December 2016, is the result of the combined efforts of the Canadian government, the provinces and territories, Indigenous Peoples, and people from the North. The plan, which looks ahead to 2030, will direct federal involvement in the North, including funding adaptation activities.
The Government of Canada’s plan to accomplish its sustainable development priorities is the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy . It specifies activities to achieve the goals and targets it has set. A goal of this strategy is to effectively combat climate change, which includes advancing adaptation. Since climate change impacts our: Many of the Strategy’s aims and targets support the Pan-Canadian Framework and are directly related to combating climate change.
Canada has created national and international biodiversity targets in response to population expansion, urbanisation, industrial development, and climate change. These objectives include aiming towards saving 25% of Canada’s land area and 25% of its waters by 2025, as well as 30% by 2030. Together with our partners, we are enhancing Canada’s natural environment and fostering healthier habitats for threatened and endangered species. The Canadian government allocated an additional $2.3 billion over five years to pursue these objectives in Budget 2021. Work with other governments, indigenous communities, nonprofit organisations, and others will be supported by this funding. This constitutes the greatest investment in nature protection in Canadian history when combined with the cash allocated for the Nature Legacy Initiative, which was announced in 2018.
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