- Conservation authority collaborates with the Ontario government and
York University to accelerate climate change adaptation in drinking
water source protection-
TORONTO, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), a
member of Conservation Ontario, today announced that they will be
developing and delivering training materials on integrating climate
change and climate change adaptation into Drinking Water Source
Protection Plans. The project is part of Ontario Regional Adaptive
Collaborative (Ontario RAC), a partnership project between the
Government of Canada, Ontario government, conservation authorities,
academic institutions, municipalities, industry and NGO's to help
advance adaptation planning and decision-making in Ontario communities
by driving coordinated and sustained action to assess risks and reduce
vulnerability to a changing climate.
"The Government of Canada is providing funding to the Ontario Regional
Adaptation Collaborative to support regional groups, like Toronto and
Region Conservation, as they coordinate actions to advance climate
change adaptation," said The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of
Natural Resources. "Solutions developed through projects like this one
will be shared regionally and nationally to help Canadian communities
better manage their water resources to adapt to their changing
"This initiative is aimed at increasing the capacity of municipalities
working under the Clean Water Act framework to assess and understand
climate change impacts and integrate climate change adaptation into
their source protection plans, policies and implementation programs,"
said Brian Denney, CAO, TRCA.
Developing a comprehensive Climate Change and Water training module will allow for water practitioners from all parts of the
province to develop the same baseline level of knowledge in the area of
climate change and water resource management.
"This initiative will help Ontario communities and municipalities
prepare for the impacts of climate change," said Minister of the
Environment John Wilkinson. "We look forward to working with the
Toronto and Region Conservation and York University to deliver these
innovative climate change tools and leading-edge training."
"With the expertise of our staff in the fields of climate change and
water resources, and the assistance of its partners such as Ministry of
Environment, Ministry of Natural Resources and advisors on the training
Technical Advisory Committee; TRCA is uniquely positioned to deliver
climate change and water guidance that is relevant and will be of great use to the Ontario user
community," said Chandra Sharma, Senior Manager, Climate Programs and
Etobicoke-Mimic Watersheds Specialist, TRCA.
TRCA, representing Conservation Ontario, is a collaborative partner for
the source protection initiatives working with the Source Protection
Programs Branch (SPPB), Ontario Ministry of the Environment, and York
University. The organization's contribution to the project will be to
provide technical advice and support to facilitate knowledge transfer
from climate change experts to source protection practitioners.
Toronto and Region Conservation
With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA)
helps people understand, enjoy and look-after the natural environment.
Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish
forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity.
For more information, please visit http://www.trca.on.ca
For information about TRCA's Climate Change programs please visit http://trca.on.ca/understand/climate-change/
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