Moving from Research into Action on Issues of Climate Change for a Canadian Community: Integration of Sciences into Decision Making

By Liette Vasseur.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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Climate change will impact the community of Greater Sudbury, particularly increasing pressures on water quality and quantity. This was one of the main conclusions of studies such as the Case Study on Climate Change Vulnerabilities and Potential Adaptations (2005-2007). This led to the development of the Climate Change Position Paper, “Positioning the Nickel District Conservation Authority (NDCA) within the City of Greater Sudbury in a Future Climate and the creation of a consortium which was officially endorsed by the City of Greater Sudbury in 2009. This paper examines the process (from the research to knowledge transfer and public engagement) and the steps that have been taken by this community to integrate climate change scenarios and impacts data to find responses to better adapt to climate change. I discuss some of the prerequisites that have been the basis for the use of this stakeholders approach to climate change adaptation in this community. To be successful, it is clear that communities should first assess the levels of awareness, social acceptability, governance structure and power relations before moving ahead.

Keywords: Climate Change Adaptation, Vulnerabilities, Governance, Consortium, Process, Community-based Actions

International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.115-126. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.574MB).

Dr. Liette Vasseur

Vice President, Research, Brock University, St Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Vasseur is Professor at Brock University. Her research focuses on climate change, sustainable development, and community-based ecosystem/conservation management (including ecological restoration and biodiversity assessment). Projects have been or are carried out in Canada or other countries such as currently China (where she is an adjunct professor at the Fuijian University of Forestry and Agriculture) and currently in Burkina Faso, in Africa. She has intensively published in various sectors related to these topics (including lead author of the Atlantic chapter of national climate change assessment). Funding is coming from various sources (e.g. NSERC, CIDA, Parks Canada, etc.). She is involved in many scholarly and professional activities related to environmental issues (e.g. CEM of IUCN, Science Advisory Council of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans). In Sudbury, she was also member of organizations such as the Nickel District Conservation Authority. She is one of the Associate Editors of the Botany.


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