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Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan

Local strategies to build community resilience and take proactive steps to adapt to Climate Change

Local Strategies to Build Community Resilience and Take Proactive Steps to Adapt to Climate Change

January 2024 - In the News!

  • Alberta Municipalities has published a Project Showcase on their website featuring High River’s Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan.
    They have shared that, "The lessons from this project will be a valuable resource for other local governments looking to learn more about adaptation planning in their own communities."

High River’s first Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan

High River is taking a significant stride towards a more sustainable and resilient future with the adoption of the Town’s first Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan.

The Town received $80,000 in funding to support the plan's development. The Town of High River acknowledges the support of the Government of Alberta, which is funding this project through the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre’s Climate Resilience Capacity Building Program.

Minister of Environment and Protected Areas, Rebecca Schulz, applauded the community’s work. “Nobody knows better than the people living and working in High River what works best and what actions you should take,” she said. “Alberta’s government is proud to support communities across the province. I’m looking forward to hearing more as High River moves forward with its plan.”

High River’s Town Council formally adopted the plan at the November 27 meeting after a thorough review of community input and feedback. A Task Force made up of community members, Administration and a member of Council worked together to ensure community knowledge and experience are reflected in the final plan.

Mayor Craig Snodgrass expressed thanks to the community for their ongoing feedback and interest in these forward-thinking plans. “Our commitment to climate resilience reflects the values of our community, which experienced impacts of climate change with the 2013 flood. We’ve demonstrated first-hand how communities can be resilient and rebound,” he stated. “This year, High River offered its expertise and advice to communities hit by record-wildfires in Alberta and elsewhere. Through implementing the Climate Change and Adaptation Action Plan, we will continue to protect our residents, help others and learn new things as we work together through the list of projects.”

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