Three Alberta rural municipalities are collaborating to understand the risks and opportunities of climate change on their communities.
With funding from the Government of Alberta and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the towns of Bruderheim, Gibbons and Lamont are working together in a program called Resilient Rurals. The program includes:
- Community assessments
- Municipal business continuity strategy in case of emergencies
- Communications toolkit
- Collection of resources
- Review of policies and bylaws
- Community networking
- Creation of a regional resilience plan
According to an article from Feb. 10, 2020, the program’s director described why Resilient Rurals was started.
Firstly, there is focus on the potential for climate adaptation by agriculture by the contributions of local communities is not as prominent.
And for communities that have climate adaptation plans, they tend to be larger urban municipalities. Collaborating through Resilient Rurals provides an opportunity to collect information and create plans that could be applied in each of the towns.
Resources for Alberta municipalities
Climate adaptation strategies are not unique to Bruderheim, Gibbons and Lamont. However, most of the resources and examples are focused on larger municipalities.
Here’s a review of municipal climate plans, including four municipalities in Alberta.