Toronto and Region Conservation invests in climate change and water resource management education

- 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 climate."

"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.  

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