Prince Edward Island and Climate Change: A Strategy for Reducing the Impacts of Global Warming

As an island with a highly erodible sandstone bedrock, a sandy shoreline with many estuaries and marshes, and the ongoing submergence of its coast, Prince Edward Island has been identified as one of the areas most vulnerable to sea level rise in Canada. This strategy from the Government of Prince Edward Island presents the current and projected climate change impacts on the island, while delineating mitigation measures across many sectors, as well as general adaptation strategies. 

Adaptation priorities are described with the initial focus to be on coastal areas, inland
waters, and related infrastructure, while identifying linkages to other sectors. In 2008 the Government of Prince Edward Island (co-funded with the federal government through the National Water Program) completed LiDAR mapping of Prince Edward Island. The data is now in the process of being assembled and analyzed. Complete LiDAR mapping will provide much needed information on the impacts of sea- level rise on coastal stability.

The Government of Prince Edward Island has created an interdepartmental working group, co-chaired by Environment, Energy & Forestry, and Transportation & Public Works, to identify and manage current and projected climate-related risks. This group was designed to oversee the development of a broad climate change adaptation strategy that will ensure the health and safety of all Islanders and the sustainability of natural resources.

Publication Date: November 20, 2008

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