Due to its low-lying coastal location, the Memramcook-Tantramar region is one of the most vulnerable areas to climate change in New Brunswick. The region is impacted by coastal & inland floods, storms, droughts, erosion, etc. which impact economy, infrastructure, livelihoods, safety, human health. Thus, local communities have adaptation plans (funded by the Environmental Trust Fund). Common priorities include flood risk reduction, using natural infrastructure to adapt to climate impacts, and public education.
EOS Eco-Energy obtained funding from the NB ETF to focus on enhancing awareness and action on natural infrastructure to adapt to climate change in the Tantramar region.
The goals of the project were:
- To enhance regional collaboration and inclusion on climate change adaptation
- To implement community adaptation plans in Port Elgin and Dorchester, NB
- To increase awareness of natural infrastructure options and their ecosystem services
- To increase climate change resiliency at the community level in Tantramar
The project had the following components:
- Coordinating the Chignecto Climate Change Collaborative
- An event series on how nature can help us adapt to climate change
- Promotion of sea level rise signs across the Chignecto Isthmus
- Promotion of the EOS kids’ guide to climate change resilience
- Assisting the Villages of Dorchester and and Port Elgin with their adaptation plans and reporting progress
- Planting food forests
- Port Elgin Climate Action Newsletter
- 25 Dorchester Climate Action Tips
The project had a positive impact on communities in the Memramcook-Tantramar region and helped to advance adaptation and enhance resiliency. We raised awareness of the benefits of natural infrastructure options and the ecosystem services they can provide as well as contributing to our region’s resilience as we experience climate change impacts.
Read the full report here: