EOS Eco-Energy Inc.’s mission is to work with communities across the Tantramar region of New Brunswick (Port Elgin, Sackville, Dorchester and Memramcook) to help them address the challenges of climate change. This project took a coordinated, collaborative approach and continues to build on and benefit from existing partnerships in the Tantramar region. Furthermore, this project builds on the Regional Adaptation Collaborative (RAC) research in the area. The RAC was a federally and provincially funded program to help Canadians adapt to the impacts of climate change. Tools and resources were developed with RAC funding to help decision makers address erosion, flooding, infrastructure design and groundwater management. A coordinated, cooperative approach benefits Tantramar because the challenges of climate change are too large for one municipality or organization to tackle alone. Furthermore, impacts in one part of Tantramar affect the rest of the region.
The project aimed to facilitate, encourage and support regional approaches to climate change mitigation, planning and adaptation through education, engagement and collaboration between local experts, government and local residents. This was achieved by continuing regional conversations, engaging municipal governments to address climate change, and by delivering public education and engaging local residents to apply realistic/tangible approaches. The project consisted of coordinating the Tantramar Climate Change Adaptation Collaborative (TCCAC); organizing the third annual TCCAC workshop; additional public engagement and education sessions; the third annual Tantramar Climate Change Week; and engaging municipalities to take action against climate change through the Partners for Climate Protection program.
The results included enhanced collaboration and increased public knowledge of climate change adaptation including preparing for flooding. Furthermore plans to fight climate change, including reducing emissions and saving energy were designed. This project was funded by the New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund.
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