• Adaptation Nexus Series
    Adaptation Nexus Series
    Exploring Climate Change Adaptation Linkages

Finding the Nexus: Exploring Climate Change Adaptation and Planning


Communities in Canada are witnessing first-hand the extreme effects that climate change and extreme weather can have on local infrastructure, municipal services, and finance. Fortunately, there are many opportunities to address climate change impacts in how we plan our cities. Various planning tools can be utilized to make communities more resilient to climate change and minimize damages from impacts. Local planning officials play a unique and crucial role in addressing and preparing for these events.




Finding the Nexus: Exploring Climate Change Adaptation and Biodiversity


At the local level, municipalities are positioning themselves as leaders in biodiversity conservation and protection by taking an integrated approach to their climate change response planning. The integrated approach to environmental conservation is proving to yield many benefits and win-win scenarios, such as improving infrastructure, human health and municipal services. This issue of ICLEI’s Nexus series explores how biodiversity management is contributing to climate change adaptation at the municipal level. By presenting the nexus between these global issues, this edition highlights biodiversity conservation, and its vital role in building resilient communities.





Finding the Nexus: Exploring Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation


As the level of government closest to residents, municipalities are well-positioned to prepare for a changing climate, and many municipalities have already begun responding to this challenge. In the past, climate change response strategies have too often focused on mitigation alone; however, adaptation is a crucial component of a comprehensive climate action plan. This Nexus document briefly describes climate change mitigation and adaptation planning; discusses opportunities for local governments to integrate adaptation and mitigation efforts; provides examples of measures that address both; and highlights synergies between adaptation and mitigation measures, as well as potential contradictions. Mitigation and adaptation are not mutually exclusive and should be seen as a two-pronged approach to managing the short and long-term disturbances to the climate.