Communities in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as those across Atlantic Canada, 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.
This assessment tool, 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. It was adapted from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) by the Department of Environment and Conservation in partnership with Memorial University of Newfoundland and Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador. 7 Steps to Assess Climate Change Vulnerability in Your Community was developed and piloted in Newfoundland and Labrador with funding from the both federal and provincial governments under Natural Resources Canada’s Regional Adaptation Collaborative. 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.
For more information and resources on adapting to climate change you can visit Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions .
See also Managing Municipal Infrastructure in a Changing Climate , developed by Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador, Professional Municipal Administrators and CBCL Limited Consulting Engineers with funding from the Department of Environment and Climate Change.