MCRT Capacity Enhancement in Vulnerability and Risk Assessment (CEVRA) Project
The MCRT Capacity Enhancement in Vulnerability and Risk Assessment (CEVRA) Project is Phase 3 of the Manitoba Climate Resilience Training (MCRT) Program. The project aims to enhance knowledge and capacity of municipalities and watershed districts to better understand climate vulnerabilities, risks (and opportunities), and integrate adaptation into planning and investment decisions. An outcome of this project is tailored climate risk assessments and guidance documents that translate data into actionable information for the targeted sectors.
In 2022-23, the Climate and Green Plan Implementation Office (CGPIO) implemented the Capacity Enhancement in Climate Vulnerability and Risk Assessment (CEVRA) Project, which falls under Phase 3 of the Manitoba Climate Resilience Training (MCRT) Program.
Consisting of two phases, the CEVRA Project aims to enhance the capacity of municipalities and watershed districts to better understand climate vulnerabilities, risks (and opportunities) and integrate adaptation into planning and investment decisions. Phase A of the project delivered a series of workshops. Phase B will cover the second cohort of municipalities and watershed districts.
CGPIO contracted the HTFC Planning and Design to deliver the project which ran from December 15, 2022 to March 31, 2023.
CVRA Guidebook and Workbook
The Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (CRVA) guidebook aims to help Manitoba local governments lead a climate vulnerability and risk assessment and assess how the anticipated impacts of climate change will affect their communities and residents. A workbook was also developed which is intended to operationalize the step-by-step methodology outlined in the guidebook, along with useful links to resources.
The guidebook was developed by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) for the CGPIO and was piloted under the MCRT CEVRA Project in collaboration with HTFC Planning and Design.
Workshop Presentation Slides
In February and March 2023, a series of workshops were delivered (three in-person and one virtual) on Climate Vulnerability and Risk Assessment (CVRA) with a total of 103 attendees. Training participants represented a total of 66 municipalities, including five Planning Districts that collectively comprise 16 municipalities, eight watershed districts and seven from MB government offices (Emergency Measures Organization, Municipal Relations-Community Planning Branch Regional Offices and CGPIO), and IISD.
Participants learned how to:
- Understand the projected climate future for your community
- Recognize climate hazards and how they could change in the future
- Identify & assess the risks to your community
- Learn the steps of a climate vulnerability and risk assessment
- Adopt a mentality of planning for the worst while hoping for the best
Download the presentation slide decks below.
Each training video presents the content of the CVRA workshop delivered by HTFC Planning and Design for participating municipalities and watershed districts in Manitoba. Following the CVRA workbook and presentation slide deck, the video covers the CEVRA Project context, climate change basics, and the climate adaptation planning process, with particular focus on the first two of its three key stages, as well as the steps needed to complete the VRA process.