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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 — 8:30 AM to 3:15 PM ADT

Update

Speaker presentations from the June 13th event can be accessed by clicking here: 

Daniel Henstra - Flood Risk Governance in Canada

Jen Graham - Building Flood Resilience in Nova Scotia

Shannon Miedema - Flood Risk Management in Halifax Regional Municipality

Craig Stewart - Financial Risk of Flood

Hope Parnham - Impacts of Shoreline Structures on the Coastal Landscape

Dan Sandink - Mitigating Urban/Basement Flood Risk: Household-scale Considerations

Jason Thistlethwaite - Policy Instruments for Managing Flood Risk


This workshop will be held on Wednesday June 13th, 2018 at the Halifax Convention Centre. Workshop participants will be served lunch, coffee and light refreshments. 

Purpose of event

Image of a flooded roadCoastal regions in Canada are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, such as rising sea levels, changes to the intensity of storm surges and eroding coastlines.

Over the years, governments have made efforts to identify opportunities for adapting to climate change. For example, municipalities in the Province of Nova Scotia recently completed a Municipal Climate Change Action Plan. Adaptation responses can take many forms, whether they are structural investments (e.g., building sea walls) or non-structural measures (e.g., land use policy changes that account for sea level rise).

Managing flood risks in a changing climate is complex and consists of a portfolio of instruments that transcend government intervention. Insurers, banks, real estate agents, property developers, non-profit organizations and civil society also have a role to play in reducing social vulnerabilities to extreme weather and climate change.

This workshop will bring experts and professionals across sectors and disciplines to discuss measures for reducing and managing flood risks in a changing climate. This workshop specifically focuses on issues that are relevant to Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada. The topics discussed in the workshop will inform a policy brief directed at the provincial and federal governments focused on what type of actions should be taken to improve flood risk management in Nova Scotia.

*Participants of this workshop will be asked to sign a Consent Form at the event for the use of this workshop's results for research purposes (e.g., publications). You can read the Information and Consent Form ahead of time by clicking here.*

Reserve a spot

*The workshop registration is now closed. Thank you for your interest*

To attend this event, please fill this form to reserve a spot. You will receive confirmation within 1 to 2 business days. Limited space is available. 

Workshop agenda* 

8:30am

Registration

9:00am

Welcome address

Jason Thistlethwaite, Lead, Canadian Coastal Resilience Forum

9:10am

Flood risk in Atlantic Canada

Presenters will provide an overview of flood impacts in Atlantic Canada and emerging policy responses.

Moderator: Shawna Peddle, Director, Partners for Action

10:15am

Network break

10:45am

Roundtable: Professional perspectives on coastal flood risk reduction and climate change

Panelists will discuss how coastal flood risk reduction and climate change is incorporated in their professional duties and responsibilities.

Moderator: Daniel Henstra, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo

11:45am

Lunch

12:45pm

Measures for managing flood risk

Presenters will discuss structural and non-structural measures for reducing and managing flood risk that can be implemented by governments and households.

Moderator: Andrea Minano, Research Manager, Flood Policy Research Group, University of Waterloo

1:40pm

Coffee break

2pm

Group discussion: Non-structural measures for reducing and managing flood risks

Workshop participants will be presented with specific non-structural measures for reducing and managing flood risk and will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of these measures in the context of Nova Scotia.

The results of this session will inform a policy brief directed at the provincial and federal governments. Participants will be asked to provide consent for the use of this session’s results for research purposes.

3pm

Closing remarks

Jason Thistlethwaite, Lead, Canadian Coastal Resilience Forum


*Updated on May 10 2018

Cost 
Free
Location 
Halifax Convention Centre
Room 108
1650 Argyle Street
Halifax, NS B3J0E6
Canada

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