Building Prairie Resilience
About UsWorking across Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, ClimateWest equips communities, businesses, non-profits and governments to thrive in the face of a changing climate.
As a core economic sector on the Prairies, there is a critical need to understand and prepare for the vulnerability of the agriculture sector to climate change, identify emerging opportunities, and assess ways to increase resilience.
As the sites where people and businesses live and work, communities across the Prairies are facing the realities of a changing climate head-on. Municipalities across the Prairies will need to be “climate-ready” with consideration of climate risks, such as floods, droughts, fire, heat waves, and other extreme weather into their plans and actions.
The absence and presence of water is central to Prairie history–be it a multi-year drought or 100 year flood. As a region that already experiences a great deal of seasonal variation in our climate, a reliable and predictable water supply cannot be taken for granted with the added stress of a changing climate. Moreover, the movement of water across borders means water management frequently must apply a regional lens.
Climate change can impact most of built society and the structures we rely on to live in the Prairies. Almost half of all roads in Canada are found on the Prairies–lifelines for communities both large and small. From catastrophic extreme weather events, to accelerated decay in infrastructure integrity, climate change will be costly.
The Prairie Provinces are home to over 380,000 First Nation peoples, many of whom live in rural and remote communities. The close relationship that Indigenous peoples have with the land—economically, culturally, and spiritually—and the existing inequalities Indigenous populations often face vis-a-vis non-Indigenous Canadian communities, makes them particularly exposed to the effects of climate change.
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Climate Change. Climate Adaptation. Climate Services. It’s not always clear what these terms mean. This section provides an overview of a few foundational concepts and some resources to get started with.