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BARC Research

The research component of BARC has two aims: to connect communities to cutting-edge research on adaptation and resilience; and to monitor progress on adaptation being undertaken by local governments across the country. From the Adaptation Measures Report to gauge what Canadian cities are doing to improve their adaptive capacity to collaborative research projects with leading universities; BARC Research helps move the field of municipal adaptation and resilience further and connect cities to this research.


ICLEI and MIT Survey: Progress and Challenges in Urban Climate Adaptation Planning

The survey is the first effort of its kind to systematically investigate cities’ progress and challenges in climate adaptation planning. Cities worldwide report that they are experiencing a range of often destructive impacts they attribute to a changing climate, and are taking actions to prepare and adapt to these changes, according to a new survey from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in partnership with ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability. The survey represents the responses of 468 cities worldwide —all ICLEI Members.

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UNEP - ICLEI Global Survey on Resource Efficiency in Cities

ICLEI and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) are joining efforts to conduct a global survey on resource efficiency in cities. The objective of the survey is to capture a range of city perspectives on local resource efficiency needs.

The global survey will run between March and May 2013 and will result in a final report planned for August 2013. The survey is conducted by a team of experts led by ICLEI’s World Secretariat in close collaboration with UNEP’s Built Environment Unit.
The results will inform the Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities (GI-REC). 


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Adaptation Measures Reporting

All across the country, local governments are implementing innovative adaptation measures to help combat some of the unavoidable impacts of climate change. In an effort to recognize these actions, ICLEI Canada has established an ongoing collection process to capture as many of the adaptation measures that have been implemented in communities across the country as possible.

Our efforts in 2012 reflect the first significant look at the state and breadth of adaptation actions in Canadian municipalities.


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A Canadian study on governance and outcomes

ICLEI teamed up with the University of Waterloo's School of Enterprise, Environment, and Development to learn more about how Canadian municipalities are implementing their community sustainability plans. The objective of the research study was to consider the cross-section between governance style and plan outcomes (e.g., emission reductions, improved water quality, and poverty reduction) and partner outcomes (e.g. knowledge transfer and marketing opportunities) resulting from the implementation of a community sustainability plan. 


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