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Measuring Progress on Adaptation and Climate Resilience: Recommendations to the Government of Canada

ACT’s Executive Director, Deborah Harford, is a member of the Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience, launched by Environment and Climate Change Canada in August 2017 to advise the Government of Canada on measuring overall progress on adaptation and climate resilience.  The Panel was asked to recommend a suite of indicators to measure progress on adaptation and climate resilience in Canada. The recommended indicators were to align with the five key areas of action identified under the adaptation and climate resilience pillar of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, Canada’s national plan to address climate change, build resilience, and grow the economy. It is under this framework that the Expert Panel, following an ambitious, eight-month process of discussion and deliberation, proposes a suite of 54 indicators across the following five chapters:

Protecting and Improving Human Health and Well-Being, focused on the key determinants of health as
they relate to climate change impacts, and objectives and indicators that could be used to monitor and
evaluate progress toward increasing the resilience of people, communities, and health practitioners to a
broad range of health impacts associated with climate change;

Supporting Particularly Vulnerable Regions, focused on Canada’s northern, coastal, and remote regions
and objectives and indicators to measure the resilience of these particularly vulnerable regions to slowonset
climate change impacts (e.g., permafrost thaw, coastal erosion);

Reducing Climate-Related Hazards and Disaster Risks, focused on objectives and indicators related to
reducing impacts from rapid-onset climate-related events (e.g. floods, wildfires and other events), aligned
with the four components of emergency management: prevention, preparedness, response and recovery;

Building Climate Resilience through Infrastructure, focused on objectives and indicators to measure the
resilience of Canada’s traditional, cultural, and natural infrastructure, new and existing infrastructure,
critical and non-critical infrastructure, and the interdependencies of its infrastructure systems; and

Translating Scientific Information and Indigenous Knowledge into Action, focused on objectives and
indicators related to the respectful consideration and use of Indigenous Knowledge Systems and science to
co-develop information related to climate change impacts, build the capacity of Canadians to act on this
information, and mobilize action on adaptation.

 

See the full report here.

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