CIP Unveils Climate Change Policy

    OTTAWA, Aug. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP)
announces the formal release of its policy on climate change. The policy
establishes CIP's commitment to raising awareness of climate change impacts
and better preparing its members to build adaptation and mitigation strategies
and tools into their professional practice.

        The policy starts with a declaration that CIP "believes climate
        change is real and immediate" and its impacts "will continue to
        affect all aspects of our mission to ensure a sustainable future and
        to shape better communities". The goal of the policy is to empower
        CIP members to tackle the effects of climate change by:

        -  increasing planners' capacity to mitigate and adapt to climate
        -  increasing planners' knowledge of climate change, mitigation
           techniques, and adaptation strategies;
        -  raising awareness of the links between planning and climate change
           among CIP's members and stakeholders; and
        -  building networks to share information and find collaborative
           solutions to the challenges of climate change.

    The policy also includes eight directives that lay out the actions CIP
endorses to ensure that planners contribute to climate change mitigation and
adaptation. The directives have far-reaching implications for CIP and its
members, compelling each to take constructive action towards advancing
knowledge on this topic, sharing information among the planning, science and
academic communities, and engaging in research and partnership activities.
    "Canadian planners have a vital role in creating communities that can
adapt to the impacts of climate change in a variety of geographic regions",
said CIP Vice-President Marni Cappe,
    "No longer confined to the domain of science, climate change affects all
areas of the planning practice," said CIP President Blake Hudema. "Canadian
planners will continue to take a leadership role and contribute their
expertise to many issues concerning sustainable growth, public policies, and
infrastructure development."
    CIP is working cooperatively with the federal departments of Natural
Resources Canada and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada to develop community
climate change adaptation plans and other tools as a resource for planners and
for application by local or regional governments or agencies. This work is a
significant first step in the creation of broad-based practical climate change
tools, resources and training opportunities for use by planners across Canada.
    The complete CIP Policy on Climate Change can be viewed at

    About the Canadian Institute of Planners

    CIP is the national voice of Canada's planning profession. Since 1919,
CIP has been dedicated to the advancement of responsible planning throughout
Canada. In its capacity as the national professional institute and
certification body for the planning profession, CIP addresses the issues of
professional standards and public policy, both domestically and globally,
related to planning and planning related issues.

For further information:

For further information: Bianca Spence, Communications Coordinator,
Canadian Institute of Planners, Suite 801, 116 Albert St, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5G3,
Phone (613) 237-7526, (800) 207-2138, Fax (613) 237-7045,,

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