The Government of Saskatchewan released its first climate resilience report today, with measures that demonstrate how the province is increasing resilience to climate change. The report covers five key areas: natural systems, physical infrastructure, economic sustainability, community preparedness and human well-being.
The Climate Resilience Measurement Framework, released in November 2018, is a commitment in the province’s Prairie Resilience climate change strategy. This first report identifies targets, baselines, historical trends and the current status for 25 measures of resilience. The measures are classified in one of three ways: good (showing desired trend), fair (maintaining or mixed trend) or poor (undesirable trend).
“Resilience to a changing climate is just as important as reducing our own provincial emissions,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said. “Assessing and improving on these 25 measures will help people and communities across the province to cope with, adapt to and recover from the inevitable stresses of climate change and extreme weather.”
Fifteen resilience measures in the report are classified as good and are demonstrating anticipated trends. Most of the measures listed under natural systems and economic sustainability are in good standing, including the following:
Seven measures in the report are classified as fair, providing opportunities to reinforce the province’s resilience to climate change, including:
“The overall status of the measures is encouraging,” Duncan said. “This report indicates where we are demonstrating desirable results, and also where we may need to improve going forward to keep communities and families protected from the impacts of climate change.”
The province will continue to track and annually report on the climate resilience measures to better understand Saskatchewan’s resilience to climate change, and to identify areas of further focus and improvement.
The province’s first annual Climate Resilience Measurement Framework report and full Prairie Resilience climate change strategy are available at www.saskatchewan.ca/climate-change.