PCP Equity Fellowship
The Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program is seeking to understand barriers, introduce methodologies and tools into the program framework that enable communities to increase equity, diversity and inclusion of their citizens in their climate action efforts. If you’ve got the right skills, qualifications and experience, apply for the PCP Equity Fellowship to support the development and implementation of the program’s climate action equity, diversity and inclusion toolkit.
Let’s Discuss Climate Targets and Ambition: The Webinar
Does your municipality already have an ambitious climate target or are you striving to set one? Join us for this PCP webinar to learn about the history of target setting, emerging trends in the field, and the cumulative impact of all local government climate ambitions. Peers from municipalities across the country will share their target setting stories in a panel discussion, and open dialogue will enable you to bring your experience and questions to the PCP peer network. We will end the session with a call for all of us to raise our ambition levels to meet the climate challenge before us. September 8, 2021 at 1pm Eastern. Register here!
Introduction to Milestone 1: Developing a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and Forecast (FR)
Join us for an online workshop introducing municipalities to the process of achieving Milestone 1. This workshop is designed for anyone new to the program or those who have been away and simply want an introductory refresher. We will cover the basics of corporate and community inventories, provide some helpful pointers for collecting data, and guidance on choosing the correct emission factors. This will be an interactive workshop, so come with your questions and get ready to meet your fellow PCP members who are also embarking on Milestone 1. July 29, 2021, 1:00 pm Eastern. Register here!
PCP Monthly Drop-in
Have a question related to PCP? Want to ask your peers how their climate mitigation work is going? Join us on the first Thursday of each month for a chance to connect with PCP staff and other members who are advancing through the milestone framework. There will be an opportunity for an open discussion where members will have a chance to ask questions to one another, discuss challenges and share experiences on climate mitigation planning in their communities. Register here!
Biodiversity Framework Dialogue
What is the role of each order of government in Canada, from local to sub-national to national in the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework? On July 7th ICLEI Canada hosted a Dialogue session to explore this question. See more about the dialogue, agenda and backgrounder here.
There’s still an opportunity to share your thoughts via this survey here.
How can local and sub-national governments show their commitment to the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework? Sign the Edinburgh Declaration, which calls for greater prominence to be given to the role sub-national governments, cities and local authorities play in delivering a new global framework of targets.
For more information, contact Catriona Little, Head of Scottish Affairs for Canada, Scottish Government Office: Catriona.firstname.lastname@example.org
Canada in a Changing Climate: National Issues Report
The “Canada in a Changing Climate: National Issues Report” was released on June 28th, 2021. It provides a national perspective on how climate change is impacting our communities, environment and economy, and highlights examples of how we are adapting. The report is a product of Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action, Canada’s national assessment of climate change impacts and adaptation. The National Issues Report focuses on themes of national importance that benefit from an integrated cross-Canada perspective, including chapters on Cities and Towns, and Rural and Remote Communities. These two specific chapters discuss key vulnerabilities, risks and challenges; new and innovative approaches to adaptation; Indigenous knowledge and perspectives; and knowledge gaps for Canadian communities.
While challenges to implementing climate change adaptation initiatives certainly exist, we should also be actively taking stock of the unique advantages and drivers for climate action that exist in various Canadian local governments: Cities and towns are often sites of economic productivity and have increased access to services and critical infrastructure, while rural and remote communities often have strong social capital and social networks, are well-versed in their local conditions and are pioneers in applying local knowledge.
Want to learn more about the findings from these chapters? Join us at the official webinar for the Cities and Towns and Rural and Remote Communities chapters! Thursday, September 16, 2021 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET
At the webinar, you will hear directly from the authors who will summarize and present some of the key findings of these chapters, specifically as they relate to decision-making in Canadian communities. Following the presentations, we will launch into a panel discussion with the authors, and representatives from two Canadian communities: the District of Tofino and the City of Toronto on how to continue advancing adaptation and resilience across Canada, how to use the National Issues Report to support decision-making, why this type of information is useful to municipalities, and how municipalities can advance adaptation locally. Check out the event agenda here and register today!
- Kelly Vodden, Memorial University
- Craig Brown, Vancouver Coastal Health
- Fraser Work, District of Tofino
- David MacLeod, City of Toronto
Moderator: Ewa Jackson, ICLEI Canada
ICLEI CANADA’s NEW MCRT PROJECT WEBSITE HAS LAUNCHED
ICLEI Canada has developed a new project website with funding from Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) program . The new website is a part of the larger Manitoba Climate Resilience Training (MCRT) Project, which aims to create tailored approaches to integrate climate risk and opportunities into decision-making and planning within the Northern Business, Indigenous, Planning, and Infrastructure sectors in Manitoba. Through the project, ICLEI Canada with its partners, The Government of Manitoba, Dillon Consulting, the Prairie Climate Centre (PCC), and Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (EGM) will develop and deliver a comprehensive suite of training and capacity building courses/modules that enhance climate knowledge and the uptake of tools and information that promote integrated engagement, networking, and hands-on learning opportunities.
The MCRT Website allows users to follow along with the 18-month project that allows users to:
- Read up-to-date news about the project and upcoming associated workshops, free training offerings, meetings and similar interesting projects;
- Read blog posts related to the project; and
- Sign up to access to the project’s own social media platform, “The Hub” – which allows sector leads, attendees, stakeholders, and interested public members to inform and interact with one another to discuss on resources, tools, and similar research happening in the field across Canada and internationally.