Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Public Consultation

PEI is vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Climate can influence the success of our agriculture, fisheries, and tourism industries. It can also threaten our environment, infrastructure, and public safety. 

Efforts to address climate change are increasing across Canada and around the world. The Government of Prince Edward Island recognizes the need to do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate. 

What is the PEI government doing to address climate change adaptation?​

With the help of Islanders, the provincial government is developing a new Climate Change Action Plan that will protect the Island’s environment and lead to a more sustainable and economically robust future.   

Addressing climate change involves a two-pronged approach: 

  • Mitigation- reducing greenhouse gases; and
  • Adaptation - adapting to an already changing climate. 

Separate, but complementary, mitigation and adaptation strategies are being developed.  Recommendations for a Development of a New Climate Change Mitigation Strategy have been received by the Province, and a mitigation strategy will be developed in the fall of 2017.  The public consultation process for the mitigation strategy took place in 2016. View the climate change mitigation consultation process.

Recommendations for the development of a climate change adaptation strategy are being developed by the UPEI Climate Lab as a step in the continued development of the Climate Change Action Plan.

How can I participate in the development of the adaptation strategy?

To guide a first round of public consultation on the development of an adaptation strategy, the UPEI Climate Lab developed the UPEI Public Input Document.

Islanders provided feedback on the public input document in June 2017.  In September 2017, the Climate Lab conducted a series of consultations with representatives from key sectors on PEI: agriculture; education; energy; fish and aquaculture; forestry and biodiversity; insurance; properties and infrastructure; public health and safety; tourism; and water.  

The Climate Lab produced a draft recommendations report, and input was sought from the public on these recommendations. The report and a summary report are available below. 

Public engagement sessions

Public meetings were held in October, 2017.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – UPEI, Charlottetown 
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Summerside Community Church
Thursday, October 19, 2017 – Riverhouse Inn, Montague

Online submissions

Public comments were received until Friday, October 20, 2017. Submissions are available for download. The names of people making these submissions are not disclosed.

For more information, please email the UPEI Climate Lab at climate@upei.ca.

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