Climate Resilience Express

Through the Climate Resilience Express initiative, the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre and All One Sky Foundation provide support and resources to help Alberta municipalities plan for and manage the local impacts of climate change. The goal of Climate Resilience Express is to facilitate a streamlined ("express") process for developing a climate resilience action plan for small communities through a one-day workshop.

The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre and All One Sky Foundation invite your community to apply for Climate Resilience Express by August 11, 2017. Successful applicants will receive a one-day workshop customized for their region and a climate resilience action plan for their community. Click here for more information and to apply now. 

Climate Resilience Express is a collaboration between All One Sky Foundation, the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre, the Miistakis Institute, and the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, with financial support from The Calgary Foundation, Natural Resources Canada, and Alberta Ecotrust.

To learn more about All One Sky Foundation and Climate Resilience Express visit: http://allonesky.ca/climate-resilience-express-project/

Where do I find additional information?
Inquiries may be directed to contact@mccac.ca


Climate Resilience Express Action Kit

Below is the Climate Resilience Express Action Kit including all 8 units and appendices. Please visit each unit to download the material and explore the final reports provided to see examples of the final result of participating in Climate Resilience Express.

Overview

We recommend that you read the Overview below carefully before starting. It will help you determine: if the Action Kit is for you; what you should know already; and what you can expect. It also provides important guidance on how to navigate the Action Kit.

Click here to access Overview

Unit 1: Key steps in the climate resilience action planning process

You have been directed to this unit because:

  • You are looking to develop a complete Action Plan for your community and want to understand what that entails.

This unit contains four sections to help you:

Section 1: Understand the four main steps in the "express" action planning process that communities can apply to build climate resilience, and effectively manage risks and opportunities.

Section 2: Know, for each step in the process, the primary purpose, the main outputs, and where to go in the Action Kit for practical guidance.

Section 3: Understand how the phased approach used in the Action Kit focuses a community’s limited resources on priorities.

Section 4: See how the one-day workshop with local stakeholders is used to execute the "express" action planning process within the Action Kit.

 

Click here to access Unit 1: Key steps in the climate resilience action planning process

Unit 2: Make the case

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Unit 3: Prepare for workshop

You have been directed to this unit because:

  • You are looking to develop a complete Action Plan for your community through the workshop, either over the course of one day, two half days or several concurrent sessions.

This unit contains three sections to help you:

Section 1: Design the workshop program and customize it to meet your needs.

Section 2: Organize the workshop and address a number of practical and logistical considerations, including getting the right people in the room.

Section 3: Prepare for the workshop by making necessary decisions regarding scope, and content material and climate information to support delivery.

 

Click here to access Unit 3: Prepare for workshop

Unit 4: Open workshop and explore local weather and impacts

You have been directed to this unit because:

  • You are looking to develop a complete Action Plan for your community through the full-day workshop; or
  • You want to conduct a group exercise to explore local weather and associated impacts on the community.

This unit contains two sections to help you:

Section 1: Deliver the opening activities of the action planning workshop, including opening remarks, introductions, defining the scope and process for developing a climate resilience action plan for your community, and reviewing the workshop agenda.

Section 2: Lead a plenary discussion of how your community is currently affected by weather events, considering impacts on the local economy, property and infrastructure, the natural environment, and local health and lifestyles.

 

Click here to access Unit 4: Open workshop and explore local weather and impacts

Unit 5: Climate Science

You have been directed to this unit either because:

  • You are looking to develop a complete Action Plan for your community through the full-day workshop; or
  • You want to know more about historic climate trends, future climate projections, or projected environmental changes in your area

In the latter case, if you are already familiar with basic climate science concepts, like the difference between weather and climate, and between naturalm climate variability and climate change, you could skip Section 1 and go straight to Section 2. In the former case, you will need to consult all sections, as material from Section 1 is part of the workshop presentation.

This unit contains four sections to help you:

Section 1: Understand basic climate science concepts essential to defining climate change and making effective use of the proceeding sections.

Section 2: Find and explain historic temperature and precipitation trends for your area, and understand how they are constructed.

Section 3: Find and explain future temperature and precipitation projections for your area, understand their origin and plausibility, and put the magnitude of the changes into context.

Section 4: Identify key environmental changes for your area, including changes to growing degree days, soil moisture availability, and shifts in ecosystems.

 

Click here to access Unit 5: Climate Science

 

Unit 6: Assess climate risks and opportunities

You have been directed to this unit either because:

  • You are looking to develop a complete Action Plan for your community through the full-day workshop; or
  • You want to identify and prioritize potential climate risks and opportunities facing your community.

Before starting this unit you must know key projected climate and environmental changes for your area. If you do not have this information you will first need to obtain it from Unit 5. In addition, you will need to have defined the scope of the assessment and finalized the scales to be used to analyze the importance of identified risks and opportunities. If you have not done this already, you first need to go to Unit 4.

This module contains four core sections to help you:

Section 1: Understand the three-step process to assess climate risks and opportunities.

Section 2: Determine how projected future climate or environmental changes could impact your community, both positively and negatively.

Section 3: Prioritize the identified negative (risks) and positive (opportunities) impacts for your community.

Section 4: Agree priorities for action planning.

 

Click here to access Unit 6: Assess climate risks and opportunities

Unit 7: Action planning

You have been directed to this unit because:

  • You are looking to develop a complete Action Plan for your community through the full-day workshop; or
  • You want to develop actions to manage known priority risks and opportunities and to select the most promising actions.

In either case, before starting this unit you must know with reasonable confidence the most important climate change risks and opportunities facing your community. If you do not have a list of priority risks and opportunities, you first need to go to Unit 6.

This unit contains four sections to help you:

Section 1: Understand the three-step process to formulating actions to manage priority climate risks and opportunities.

Section 2: Identify actions to manage priority risks and opportunities, which will include actions that your community is currently doing, adjustments to strengthen those actions, and additional actions that might be needed.

Section 3: Screen the identified actions to determine which are most effective, feasible, acceptable and equitable.

Section 4: Characterize the most promising actions in terms of their implementation costs, timeframe for implementation, and lead department, organization, team or individual.

 

Click here to access Unit 7: Action planning

Unit 8: Action Plan, implement and review

You have been directed to this unit because:

  • You are looking to draft an Action Plan for your community, implement priority actions, and keep the Plan relevant over time.

This unit contains three sections to help you:

Section 1: Prepare a formal climate resilience action plan ("Action Plan") for your community.

Section 2: Select and implement climate resilience actions within budgeting and planning cycles.

Section 3: Keep your community Action Plan relevant and up to date.

 

Click here to access Unit 8: Action Plan, implement and review