The Mississippi-Rideau Climate Adaptation Strategy
Looking at Changing Natural Resources in the Mississippi-Rideau Region
In its most recent climate change adaptation initiative, MVCA is joining forces with Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) in a cooperative effort to develop scientific vulnerability assessments of natural systems in the Mississippi-Rideau Region (MR region). When complete these assessments will provide scientific baseline information to natural systems managers and policy makers in the MR region in their efforts to incorporate climate change adaptation into everything from land use planning to water management.
—MVCA General Manager, Paul Lehman
The Mississippi and Rideau Valley Conservation Authorities recognize that climate change vulnerability assessments are a rapidly evolving area of practice and agree that this approach will help to establish where and how their areas of jurisdiction are vulnerable to climate change and what might be done to avoid negative impacts and benefit from positive ones. MNRF has a mandate to help Ontarians Adapt to Climate Change. Its guiding document, Sustainability in a Changing Climate: A Strategy for the Ministry of Natural Resources (2011-2014) outlines the imperative for action on climate change and identifies adaptation strategies as a key priority for action highlighting the use of climate scenarios and vulnerability analyses to develop and employ adaptive solutions to current and emerging issues.
MVCA and RVCA will be regularly updating this site and posting the climate change vulnerability assessments as they become available.
1. Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Aquatic Ecosystems in the MR Region The first completed vulnerability assessment is a ground-breaking scientific report assessing how rivers, lakes, and wetlands in the Mississippi and Rideau watersheds may be affected by climate change has been completed by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), and the Mississippi and Rideau Valley Conservation Authorities (MVCA and RVCA).
This release entitled “Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Aquatic Ecosystems in the Mississippi and Rideau Conservation Authority Watersheds” is the first of a series of studies which are the foundation for the Mississippi-Rideau Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, a three year cooperative project based on the Mississippi-Rideau Watershed Region (MR Region). The MNRF, RVCA, and MVCA have partnered to develop a number of vulnerability assessments which will provide vital scientific baseline information on the impacts of climate change in the MR Region. This initial vulnerability assessment identifies a trend of increased water temperatures in lakes, rivers, and wetlands, and changing precipitation patterns. These patterns are projected to result in changing water levels regionally and significantly increase vulnerability for all three ecosystems from the year 2040 onward. The report also provides recommendations for next steps including identifying further areas of study and how to begin reducing the impacts of these changes to protect the future of local aquatic resources.