Transforming risk knowledge into action

The Canadian Coastal Resilience Forum (CCRF or the Community) is a community of practice focused on strengthening social resilience to natural hazards and climate change in Canada’s coastal regions. 


Natural hazards pose a serious threat to public safety, livelihoods and local economies in coastal regions. For example, heavy rainfall, storm surges, and river floods can have costly impacts on social, economic, environmental and cultural assets.  

The CCRF was established to facilitate knowledge-sharing across sectors, institutions and disciplines to identify policy and governance strategies for reducing and managing the consequences of natural hazards in coastal areas, such as:

  • Clarifying the roles and responsibilities across government levels, for-profit and non-profit organizations and the public in risk prevention, reduction and disaster recovery
  • Identifying policies in place that promote (rather than prevent and discourage) rebuilding in risky areas after disasters occur (e.g., floods) 
  • Locating exposed and vulnerable populations and achievable measures of self-protection and risk reduction
  1. Sep. 18, 2018Report: Managing Flood Risk in Canada's Coastal RegionsMaritime houses along a shoreline in Nova Scotia

    On June 13th 2018, the Canadian Coastal Resilience Forum (CCRF) hosted a workshop in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The workshop gathered professionals and experts across sectors to discuss measures for reducing and managing flood risks in Atlantic Canada.

    "Managing Flood Risk in Canada's Coastal Regions: Policy Opportunities and Challenges" is a new report published by CCRF focusing on the findings from this workshop. 

    This report details the discussions on four policy instruments: property disclosure, flood mapping portals, development setbacks, and managed retreat.

  2. July 25, 2018Participating at the 2018 Coastal Zone Canada conferenceparticipants of coastal zone canada conference

    The 2018 Coastal Zone Canada (CZC) conference was held in St. John’s, Newfoundland on June 15-18. This year, CZC focused on "Seeking Practical Solutions to Real Issues: Communities Adapting to a Changing World" as the central theme.

    Community coordinator Andrea Minano was invited to speak about the Canadian Coastal Resilience Forum (CCRF) and how it is engaging stakeholders in finding ways to reduce climate change impacts on people and property. 

  3. May 24, 2018CCRF hosts first webinar as part of Climate Change and Policy seriesJason Thistlethwaite and Daniel Henstra

    On May 23rd, the Canadian Coastal Resilience Forum (CCRF) hosted a webinar titled "Flood risk governance in a changing climate". This is the CCRF's first webinar of the year and it is a part of a Climate Change and Policy series. 

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  1. June 25, 2018Insights for presenting risk-related research findings to public audiencesSarah Wilkinson

    In early June, MEOPAR hosted a conference session on presenting risk-related science and academic research findings to the general public.

    For scientists, academics and policy makers, communicating difficult, emotional, or complex information about natural disaster risk to the public is a challenge. How do we disseminate the right information, in a concise, respectful and effective way to the people who need it most?

  2. May 30, 2018Leveraging online technologies for managing disaster risks: Insights for Canadian governmentsA photo of researcher Sara Harrison

    Online technologies have changed the way we communicate, receive information and interact with officials during an emergency, such as a flood or wildfire.

    We are notified by mobile applications when inclement weather is set to strike, we can find tsunami and flood warnings on Twitter, and Facebook notifies us if our friends or loved ones are "safe" when any disaster unfolds in their vicinity.

    Canadian researcher Sara Harrison is interested in identifying opportunities for online collaboration and engagement between governments and citizens. Sara wants to understand how governments interact with their residents before, during and after a disaster. How are different governments across Canada doing this? Is there untapped potential in the way governments interact, educate and obtain information from their citizens? How could governments benefit from online citizen engagement?

  3. Apr. 20, 2018Protecting Nova Scotia’s coasts from climate changeA typical landscape in Nova Scotia

    The coast is emblematic of Nova Scotia, its people and its culture. About 70% of Nova Scotia’s population resides along the coast making this “coastal zone” a place where private and public development has concentrated over the years.

    Sea level rise and climate change pose a serious threat for coastal properties and populations in this Atlantic Canada province. Not only does infrastructure becomes at risk of permanent inundation, but important industries to the economy can also be impacted, such as through more frequent business interruptions from damaging storm surges.

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This initiative is kindly supported by the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR)—a federally-funded Network of Centres of Excellence.