Joint Statement: Canada’s National Professional Associations

This joint statement from four of Canada’s leading National Professional Associations commits to providing national leadership on advancement of LCR.

ACT, in partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, is regularly convening Canada’s national professional associations to discuss low carbon resilience and the emergence of the need for integrated climate action in their sectors. In December 2018, four of Canada’s leading associations – the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Water & Wastewater Association, along with national NGO ICLEI Canada, signed a joint statement announcing their commitment to the advancement of integrated climate change adaptation and mitigation. Here is an excerpt – please click on the report link below to see the full text and list of commitments:

“Climate change is causing a variety of impacts, many of which are projected to increase in duration, magnitude and severity. These impacts will affect the outcomes of professional decisions made today. There is widespread recognition that we must plan ways to adapt, and that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is crucial if we are to minimize the risks. Typically, mitigation and adaptation have been addressed separately; however, every opportunity to mitigate or adapt must be explored. Can an adaptation solution incorporate mitigation? Can a mitigation solution incorporate adaptation? Can thinking that incorporates both action streams as one process lead to transformative approaches?

Integrating these perspectives in a “Low Carbon Resilience” (LCR) lens to guide decision-making and best practices, where appropriate, can save time and resources, increase returns on investment, and generate economic, environmental, social, and health co-benefits. Ensuring the two streams of action are coordinated and cross-evaluated can also help to avoid risks and unintended consequences associated with advancing them separately.”