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Atlantic Flood Management Conference 2015

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Atlantic Flood Management Conference 2015

Date: Thursday March 5th, 2015
Location: Best Western Hotel (Glengary), Truro, N.S.

The one-day Conference will focus on inland and coastal flood management for communities throughout the Atlantic Provinces. The Conference builds on work of the Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association (ACASA), to promote a greater awareness of climate adaptation approaches. The Conference will showcase "good practice" examples of flood management tools, and approaches being employed by communities throughout Atlantic Canada. It will be a great opportunity for capacity building, networking and knowledge sharing for all participants.

Join leading organizations, experts and peers in the field of inland and coastal flood management for this one-day conference as we explore:

  • Mapping and flood risk assessment
  • Resilient infrastructure
  • Planning and policy
  • Emergency management
  • Flood liability

There is no registration fee/cost for this event. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Who should attend?

The Conference is designed for municipal staff, elected officials and people involved in the management of flood-risk and climate change adaptation. It will bring together stakeholders and experts and will cover a wide range of flood management topics for participants wishing to:

  • Expand understanding of flood risk in Atlantic Canada.
  • Build capacity to mitigate and adapt to flood risks.
  • Observe and discuss ‘good practices’ and case study examples of flood management tools and approaches undertaken at the municipal level from Atlantic Canada.

Who will be there?

Keynote Speaker: Bob Sandford | View bioPDF Download Link (PDF:46k)

Bob Sandford is the EPCOR Chair for Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health. Bob serves as senior advisor on water issues for the Interaction Council, a global public policy forum composed of more than thirty former Heads of State including Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, U.S. President Bill Clinton and the former Prime Minister of Norway, Gro Brundtland. Bob has authored many books including Flood Forecast: Climate Risk and Resilience in Canada, Cold Matters: The State and Fate of Canada’s Fresh Water, and Saving Lake Winnipeg.

Topic

Flood Management and the 'New Normal' - Climate Change Implications and Trends in Atlantic Canada.

Background

The level of the sea is rising, rains are stronger and storms are more severe. The risk of floods is steadily increasing and the consequences of more floods will also increase. All of this makes it clear that we have to look at flood-risk in a new way. It is time to cast a realistic and practical eye on the future.

Many stakeholders are concerned with flood risk and for this reason it is important to understand each other and share information; in particular when discussing the development of managing flood-risk in the 21st Century. For a successful dialogue, it is important everyone speaks the same language, uses the same terminology and is aware of the range of scientific information and planning approaches that are necessary to manage the risks associated with inland and coastal flooding. We look forward to seeing you in Truro!

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Further Links

Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association

With Support From

  • Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association
  • Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities (UNSM) – Municipal Sustainability Office
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Province of Nova Scotia