Building regional adaptation capacity and expertise in Canada: mobilizing knowledge to increase adaptation action in different sectors

11:15 Thursday 30 May

SS045 • OC269

Room S6


Dominique Auger (Canada) 1; Mary-Ann Wilson (Canada) 1

1 - Natural Resources Canada

In Canada, Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) is delivering the Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) Program in support of the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change (PCF). This Framework recognizes ‘adaptation and climate resilience’ as a key pillar to address climate change. It also recognizes that capacity building is an important avenue toward climate adaptation action. While adaptation knowledge and tools exist, there is a need to build capacity of Canadians across all regions and sectors to increase uptake and integrate adaptation into risk and opportunity assessments, planning, management, decisions and actions.

BRACE addresses regional capacity and expertise needs of targeted sectors through internships programs, training material to develop and strengthen skills and knowledge, learning by doing activities, knowledge exchange opportunities, among others. In addition, establishing knowledge networks have been identified as important for peer learning. Therefore, BRACE also facilitates knowledge exchange and mobilization across initiatives, sectors and regions to share learning on advancing adaptation action.

This presentation will describe how BRACE is working with the ten Canadian Provinces to establish targeted regional priorities and delivering with a broad range of partners to achieve impact and advance adaptation action. In addition, several projects will be highlighted and will explore:

  • different approaches to train professionals (e.g. engineers, planners and architects) and business sectors to make informed decisions and act on climate change adaptation issues;
  • how capacity building activities are used to better incorporate, understand, value, design and apply nature-based infrastructure principles, processes and projects to increase uptake of nature-based solutions to enhance climate resilience; and
  • challenges and opportunities in designing, developing and delivering capacity building initiatives.