Canada announces its first-ever climate adaptation strategy

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Lhe Canadian government on Thursday unveiled its first-ever national climate change adaptation strategy, comprised of investments and new building standards to “protect communities and build a strong economy.”

In all, 1.6 billion Canadian dollars (1.1 billion euros) will be invested, essentially over five years, to help municipalities and cantons finance flood-resistant public infrastructure or to better inform Canadians, using new flood maps or more accurate climate data.

By putting in place nearly 70 measures, the federal government hopes to reduce the costs associated with natural disasters by defining “clear objectives and targets for adaptation”. Each dollar invested should result in savings of up to 15 dollars, advance Ottawa.

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