• Changing Climate, Changing Communities
    Changing Climate, Changing Communities
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About the Guide

Today, the effects of climate change are being felt in communities across the country. These effects are set to become so pervasive that all levels of government and all sections of society will have a responsibility to become informed and to take appropriate action within their mandates to prepare for and adapt to them.

Changing Climate, Changing Communities: Guide and Workbook for Municipal Climate Adaptation is a compendium of resources that provides a milestone based framework to assist local governments in the creation of adaptation plans to address the relevant climate change impacts associated with their communities. Although climate change adaptation is a complex process, this guide aims to provide a straightforward methodology to adaptation planning using a five-milestone approach. Each milestone represents a fundamental step in the adaptation planning process, starting with the initiation of adaptation efforts (by building an adaptation team and identifying local stakeholders) and culminating with a monitoring and review process that analyzes the successes and reviews the challenges of the adaptation plan and its implementation.

Though presented sequentially, the milestone framework is not necessarily linear; rather, it can be an iterative process whereby adaptation goals and actions are continuously monitored based on new local conditions and information. Likewise the distinction between planning and implementation may be blurred so that actions that are already underway or may be implemented easily can be undertaken while other elements of planning are still ongoing. Municipalities wishing to put this methodology into practice with one-on-one help from ICLEI Staff can join our Building Adaptive & Resilient Communities (BARC) Program. As participants of this Program, municipalities have full access to our Online BARC Tool.

Changing Climate, Changing Communities is a compendium of three distinct elements: a main guide, a workbook for practitioners, and a set of information annexes.

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