PEI invests in climate change training
Island professionals and recent graduates will benefit from training to understand and manage the impacts of climate change in their daily work through $625,000 in funding from the Province of Prince Edward Island.
The training will be delivered by the University of Prince Edward Island Climate Research Lab and the Department of Environment, Water and Climate Change as part of a program called ClimateSense. The program provides training to both working professionals and to recent university graduates beginning this fall and will continue over the next three years.
Adaptation training will help Islanders adjust their thinking, decisions and actions because of observed or expected changes in the climate. It will help them reduce impacts or take advantage of new opportunities.
“Our infrastructure and communities need protection from coastal erosion and sea level rise. We must prepare for heavy rainfall events, and monitor effects of climate change on our forests, fish and wildlife,” said Brad Trivers, Minister of Environment, Water and Climate Change. “ClimateSense programs will develop expertise across many fields. Impacted areas include planning, engineering, finance and watershed management. This training will prepare professionals to handle whatever changes are on the horizon.”
ClimateSense is a collaboration between Natural Resources Canada, the University of Prince Edward Island Climate Research Lab, Prince Edward Island’s Department of Environment, Water and Climate Change, EngineersPEI, the Prince Edward Island Association of Planners and the PEI Watershed Alliance.
Natural Resources Canada is also providing $1 million towards the project through the Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) Program.
“Adapting to climate change does not mean accepting climate change, it means reducing the negative effects of those changes while also seizing new opportunities. That is why our government is proud to support Prince Edward Island as it strives to make adaptation part of our everyday thinking, to the benefit of communities and the economy,” said the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources.
Natural Resources Canada’s BRACE program is an $18-million strategic investment under the Adaptation and Climate Resilience pillar of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The program works directly with provinces to increase adaptation uptake and advance related activities by delivering projects such as training, internships and knowledge exchange activities.
"The UPEI Climate Lab is pleased to participate in Natural Resource Canada's BRACE project, delivering professional development programming and offering resources to expand climate literacy and adaptation knowledge in partnership with the Government of Prince Edward Island. It is imperative that we all better prepare ourselves to mitigate climate change and respond to the challenges it brings to our communities on PEI,” said Dr. Adam Fenech, Associate Professor and Director, UPEI Climate Lab, University of Prince Edward Island.
Environment, Water and Climate Change
Prince Edward Island
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Office of the Minister of Natural Resources
Two distinct streams of training will be offered beginning this fall and delivered over the next three years:
- For recent graduates, the ClimateSense year-long internship program offers a unique opportunity to gain valuable work experience in both public and private sectors where participants can learn tools and skills they can use for the remainder of their careers.
- For professionals, ClimateSense offers opportunities to learn about climate change and share information, knowledge and best practices across disciplines like engineering, land use planning, conservation and emergency management.
Additional training focused on specific areas of expertise such as municipal planning and engineering will be added in the future based on availability and interest.