The Wheatley River Improvement Group and the Hunter Clyde Watershed Group, working in partnership to increase residents awareness of local environmental issues, hosted the first North Shore Climate Change Forum, on Tueday, March 15th at the North Rustico Lions Club.
Thirty residents; tourist operators, representatives from the Gulf Shore Development Corp and local community councils, EOM personnel, fishermen, farmers and Federal MP, Wayne Easter, we given an overview of climate change predictions and expectations for our coastal region by PEI’s climate change experts.
REBECCA McQUAID Climate Change Officer -with the Sierra Club of PEI presented a short back-grounder on the science of climate change, briefly discussed current and projected global impacts, and suggested different ways for taking action as individuals when it comes to this pressing issue.
DR IRENE NOVACZEK, Director – Institute of Island Studies – UPEI, explained that because small islands are among the most vulnerable places in the world to climate change impacts, the Institute of Island Studies is focusing research efforts on this issue. She outlined IIS research to date, mapping social and cultural values along the north shore for use in decision-making for adaptation to climate changes. She also introduced plans for working with watershed associations and local governments to develop local climate change adaptation strategies and plans, drawing on tools and resources that can be shared with PEI through several research action networks.
ERIN TAYLOR, Provincial Climate Change Officer – DEEF, Addressed the impacts of climate change on PEI, and explained what climate change might mean for the Wheatley River and Hunter Clyde Watersheds. She also discussed the Regional Adaptation Collaborative (RAC) Program, a partnership between Natural Resources Canada and the Atlantic Provinces, and the projects that are happening in our region.
Coastal and inland communities have to adapt and prepare for the inevitable changes that will and are occurring. Adaptation involves making adjustments in our decisions, activities and thinking because of observed or expected changes in climate, with the goals of moderating harm and taking advantage of new opportunities
WRIG and HCWG anticipate a follow-up or complimentary event taking place in the future.
Power Point Presentations will be available soon and can be Viewed HERE