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Changing Climate- a Challenge and an Opportunity

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This background paper presents a framework for a Kawartha Conservation Climate Change Strategy and is based on extensive literature research.

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It is globally recognized that changing climate is one of the most urgent challenges of our time. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in its Fifth Assessment Report, released in 2013, states that “Warming of our climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, the sea level has risen, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased.”

As a leader in watershed management, Kawartha Conservation collaborates with our member municipalities and partner agencies in developing and implementing a wide range of programs, and also proposes the development of management programming to mitigate and adapt to climate changes.

This background paper presents a framework for a Kawartha Conservation Climate Change Strategy and is based on extensive literature research.


Key Topics

  • Analysis of observed changes in weather and climate and their future projections;
  • Impacts of changing climate on the natural environment and society;
  • National and provincial frameworks and actions on climate change;
  • Response to climate change by Ontario municipalities, Conservation Authorities, and NGOs;
  • Mitigation and adaptation: planning for the future; and
  • Framework for a climate strategy for Kawartha Conservation.