August 22, 2016

Livable Cities Forum

September 12, 2016 – September 14, 2016 all-day

The 2016 Livable Cities Forum: Changing Climate, Changing Communities is being hosted by Halifax Regional Municipality in partnership with the Partners for Action Network and ICLEI Canada.

Be part of the conversation on building resilience to extreme weather and climate change.  Highlights of the Forum will include: understanding and preparing for extreme events in a coastal setting, building partnerships to address risk, and building livable communities that are prepared for increasingly severe and more extreme weather events.

The Forum will be the ideal place for municipal representatives, planners, elected officials, emergency management and public safety professionals, and other stakeholders to:

  • Learn from Canadian and international speakers about ways to better plan for and respond to the impacts of climate change, as well as innovative practices in implementing and measuring adaptation and resiliency at the local level.
  • Explore Halifax and surrounding area through study tours and see how it has recovered from some of Canada’s most extreme weather and catastrophic events.
  • Network with leaders and innovators who will share strategies, solutions, best practices, and lessons learned in local-level extreme weather resiliency.

Program Themes

Preparing Canadians for a changing climate: Explore different ways to prepare and engage Canadian communities in climate change adaptation. Topics include best practices in adaptation, new and  emerging risks, assessing vulnerability and risk at a local level, and  communicating climate change impacts.

Responding to extreme weather and climate change: Learn about the changing nature of roles and responsibilities, integrating climate change into emergency management, and best practices from across Canada.

Mainstreaming implementation in Canadian communities: Discuss how communities are  implementing adaptation actions into planning, policy, and community  engagements, while also building  partnerships, and pursuing innovative practices for integrating resilience into  communities.

Measuring progress on climate action: Learn about best practices in monitoring and evaluation, using indicators to  measure resilience, and applying tools to measure municipal progress on  adaptation.

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