Linking Canadian communities to others around the world is at the core of ICLEI’s activities. The international component of BARC aims to showcase Canadian best practices to the global adaptation community and at the same time bring international best practices home.
BARC International can help to bring Canadians to the world and the world to Canadians. The international component of ICLEI Canada’s adaptation and resilience activities has been highlighted in several ways, including:
At the Resilient Cities Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation, the key global platform for local governments and other urban-minded thinkers and practitioners to share challenges, strategies, and solutions, debate new ideas, and create partnerships to help achieve adaptation and resilience at the local level.
ICLEI Canada is bringing a delegation of Canadians to the upcoming 4th Annual Resilient Cities Global Forum in June 2013 to present on the unique successes, challenges, and lessons learned as part of the City of Vancouver’s adaptation and resiliency efforts (including as a pilot member of the BARC Program).
In 2011, ICLEI Canada led a delegation of Canadian municipal representatives on a two-week Resilient Cities Study Tour, visiting some of Europe’s unique and innovative municipal climate change response strategies including Rotterdam’s Maeslantkering storm surge barrier and Freiburg, Germany’s Eco-City and meeting the municipal practitioners and elected officials who have helped make them happen.
ICLEI Canada hosted a panel at the 2012 Climate Adaptation Futures international conference in Tucson, Arizona entitled Breaking Down Boundaries: Adaptation Planning Across Jurisdictional Divides that brought together BARC Program member cities and representatives from the federal government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
ICLEI is a partner in the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s (UNISDR) Global Making Cities Resilient Campaign called "My City is Getting Ready!" that addresses issues of local governance and urban risk.