National climate change symposium Adaptation Canada 2016 - Day two to focus on what governments and the private sector can do to drive adaptation

MONTREAL, March 31, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - On day two, the national symposium Adaptation Canada 2016 will be dedicated to adaptation efforts of the public and private sectors in Canada—both key players in our capacity to respond to climate change.

How do these actors deal with the increase in weather extremes? How do they prepare for the transformations of a natural environment disrupted by a warmer climate? How do they coordinate their actions with each other and with other stakeholders? What are the challenges and opportunities? These and others are the burning issues addressed by the participants attending and presenting at the sessions and panels of day two of the symposium.

Highlights of Day 2:

  • i) Private sector perspectives on climate risks and opportunities in a competitive world, and ii) Role and capacity of the private sector to build the resilience of Canada (April 13, from 10 am). This activity will give two groups of experts from a variety of sectors (natural resources, agriculture, tourism, etc.) the opportunity to talk about their concrete adaptation experiences in an increasingly competitive global economy and to discuss strategies allowing companies to effectively prepare for the impacts of climate change, or to draw profit therefrom. Each of the two panels will be followed by a question-and-answer period hosted by a moderator.
  • Innovation and adaptation of the tourism ski sector in a changing world (April 13, from 8:30 am).  The ski industry is particularly sensitive to climate change. Drawing on examples from Quebec, Ontario, New England and France, this session will explore the variety of resources deployed by managers, operators and other stakeholders to adapt to this phenomenon. Participants will also discuss issues concerning socioeconomic adaptation and the challenges raised and business opportunities created by climate change.
  • How do the provinces and territories adapt to climate change? (April 13, from 8:30 am). No less than nine provincial and territorial governments discuss the measures they have adopted and the major challenges they face. What are the best strategies for governments to address climate change? How can we encourage the active and productive participation of regional authorities while maintaining an overall command of the situation? How can we coordinate government action with that of communities, the private sector and NGOs? These are some of the questions to be addressed in this session.
  • Adaptation of the energy sector: drivers, barriers and policies (April 13, from 8:30 am). The life span of energy infrastructures can be very long, even up to a century. Their planning and deployment therefore requires the careful assessment of the human and natural risks they might face. In this session, participants will discuss the vulnerabilities of existing infrastructures to climate change, current approaches to energy, as well as technological and political solutions for making energy production and distribution systems more reliable and resilient.

Special event on the Paris Agreement
A special event organized by the Embassy of France will be held in the evening from 6:30 pm on. On that occasion, a group of experts will exchange views about the implementation of the Paris Agreement at the different levels of governance. The panel will be followed by a discussion with the audience.

Media representatives wishing to attend Adaptation Canada 2016 to do a live coverage or to prepare commentaries to be released on a later date must complete the accreditation form available at This document is required for entry into the premises of the symposium.

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