As part of the our participation in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Climate and Asset Management Network, the City of Selkirk agreed to develop a climate change adaptation strategy.
Whereas climate change mitigation includes work to reduce the production of the greenhouse gases that cause global heating, climate change adaptation is a term used for the work done to prepare for the negative consequences of a warmer, more chaotic climate.
The City of Selkirk partnered with Prairie Climate Centre (PCC) within the University of Winnipeg to undertake this work. The PCC is a national leader in the interpretation, communication and activation of climate change data. PCC and city staff researched and prepared a collaborative process to bring the best available climate data and local knowledge together. PCC’s experts educated city staff on what climate change will mean for Selkirk from a seasonal perspective. This allowed staff from all levels and all departments to think about the potential impacts and identify the consequence they believed the city would deal with throughout all of our service lines, season by season.
Selkirk Climate Change Adaptation Strategy provides a comprehensive, practical and cost-effective plan for the city to begin working towards addressing the impacts of climate change on our municipal services and our citizens. By integrating this work into it’s capital asset management program, the city is using leading practices to quantify, plan, budget and actually undertake the work required to adapt over the next 50 years.
In May 2019, the City won the Canadian Network of Asset Managers’ prestigious Tereo Award for leadership and innovation in Asset Management for its Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.