Risk Assessment of Climate Change Impacts – Victoria

The City of Victoria has just completed a risk assessment of climate change impacts. The greatest risks from climate change as identified include heat waves and the risk to public health; flooding both small localised and larger floods which can pose risks to public health and damage property, sea level rise and extreme weather events and impacts on the natural environment. While i have not yet read the entire report, I am slighltly surprised that there is no mention of the impact on the surrounding marine environment of Victoria and the extent which some sectors rely on fishing and other marine tourism activities.

With this completed Victoria also completes the first two milestones in the ICLEI local government climate change adaptation planning process.

This may be one of the areas where some governments are actually ahead of industry by starting to do risk assessment of climate change impacts.  I know that the city of Vancouver has just released a similar effort.  Industry may have already been doing this of course but dealing with issues at a corporate risk level and not talking about them as much.

See the link below for the full press release;

http://www.victoria.ca/assets/City~Hall/Media~Releases/2012/120817_MR.pdf

Monitoring Adaptation of Coastal Fisheries – Climate Change Policy & Practice

Some work being done by the the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), in collaboration with the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD), hosted a training course on monitoring adaptation of coastal fisheries to climate change during the first week of September, in Noumea, New Caledonia. The course was a component of the Australian Government-funded “Monitoring the vulnerability and adaptation of coastal fisheries to climate change” project.

According to SPC, the project aims to detect possible changes in coastal fishery productivity and determine the extent to which these changes are connected to climate rather than to other pressures on the resource. By training Pacific Island fisheries officers to use age determination techniques and determine reef fish growth parameters, fisheries officers are expected to be able to contribute data to the project.

The course was attended by participants from Nauru, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu and the Federated States of Micronesia.

via SPC Convenes Training on Monitoring Adaptation of Coastal Fisheries – Climate Change Policy & Practice.

Addtional documentaion is also available here..

http://www.spc.int/climate-change/fisheries/assessment/