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Sea Level Rise Adaptation Primer - A Toolkit to Build Adaptive Capacity on Canada's South Coasts
Arlington Group Planning + Architecture Inc.
Sea level rise is becoming a real concern for all coastal municipalities in Canada and internationally. This primer provides an excellent document with which to plan, regulate, and construct our adaptations to this natural reality. Focused on presenting research, public education and engagement, adaptation tools and monitoring, the document highlights 21 adaptation tools for decision making related to planning, regulation, land use, structural, and un-structural techniques. It is a complete template of planning objectives, policy and risk management to coastal wetland creation and beach nourishment design guidelines.
Protect, Accommodate, Retreat, Avoid are the four adaptation strategies, which form the framework of the document. The implementation approach is easy to follow and recognizes the necessary interaction of information gathering, public education/engagement, adaptation tools and the monitoring of measurable indicators.
The document includes an excellent glossary, summary tables, provincial legislation summaries, municipal bylaws, and extensive listed and web linked bibliography. It was a pleasure to read and review and should be within easy reach of politicians, planners, students, conservation authorities, and citizens alike.
The Sea Level Rise Adaptation Primer also includes a Summary Fact Sheet and Posters