The climate is changing, putting a range of natural and human systems at risk and prompting communities, governments, and organizations to step up their efforts to adapt. The learning curve can be steep, but certainly manageable given the wealth of methods and information to support adaptation planning. The goal is to manage current and future negative outcomes and capitalize on opportunities that may present themselves under a changing climate.
Training and Credentialling in Climate Resiliency
Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Program
The Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Program has been designed to help infrastructure practitioners strengthen the knowledge and competencies they require to advance more climate-resilient approaches for the planning, design and management of infrastructure. Engineers Canada – the umbrella organization for the 12 regional Canadian regulators of the engineering profession – launched the Program in 2016 as a series of courses for engineers on the PIEVC Protocol, asset management, risk management, and climate change law.
These online courses will be of interest to engineers and other professionals who are involved in the planning, procurement, design, operation, maintenance, management and regulation of infrastructure and who need to consider the changing climate in carrying out these activities.
Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Training Program for Professional Planners
In partnership with the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and Dillon Consulting, the Climate Risk Institute has developed a climate change adaptation training program.
The program is primarily focused on adaptation action but also explores intersections between adaptation and mitigation. Climate change mitigation is about making sure the climate crisis doesn't get worse. This could include making buildings more energy efficient or providing people with more transportation options that don’t rely on combustion. Climate adaptation explores ways of addressing the existing or anticipated effects of climate change. For example, ensuring vulnerable community members are safe during an extreme heat event or protecting existing homes and buildings in areas of flood risk. The program explores how you, as Planners, can ensure communities are prepared for and resilient to the risks created by a rapidly changing climate.
Built around a series of modules and case studies, the training program is intended to support Ontario planners in (i) building their understanding of the most recent science on climate change, (ii) providing methods to integrate climate change impacts and adaptation into planning contexts and processes, and (iii) accelerating the uptake of adaptation broadly within the profession.
The Climate Risk Institute (CRI), in partnership with the Canadian Institute of Planners, is excited to announce that they are initiating a new training program to bring additional in-depth climate change adaptation and resilience training to the Professional Planning audience in the prairies region.
Adaptation Resource Pathway for Planners (ARPP)
The Climate Risk Institute (CRI) with support from the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), is developing an Adaptation Resource Pathway for Planners (ARPP) in Canada.