Living Shorelines - Learning from Connected Communities: An in-depth look at Nature-Based Climate Solutions in Atlantic Canada

Climate change is here, it is happening, and it is impacting New Brunswickers across the province and other Atlantic Canada residents.  Nature-based and natural approaches to adapting to climate change focus on implementing infrastructure that restores and protects natural areas while removing greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere, reducing flooding and stormwater surge risks, and supporting biodiversity.

There is interest and support for nature-based climate solutions from residents (see public survey of opinion results here) and there are many examples of successful projects across the region (see maps of case studies Here).  Municipalities, community organizations, and landowners, however, face many barriers and challenges to developing their own nature-based projects including access to funding, materials, knowledgeable contractors, native plants, and more.

Join the NBEN, CLIMAtlantic, and Nature NB for a seven-part webinar and discussion series throughout June and early July where we will hear from communities across the Atlantic Provinces who have implemented nature-based infrastructure. Let's learn from their experience to understand the  challenges they encountered in the process, how they overcame those challenges, where they accessed the funds and resources, and what the results/successes of the projects have been. There will be opportunities to ask speakers your pressing questions and receive input and advice to surpass the challenges you might be facing in your communities.

This webinar will hear from municipalities on their experiences developing living and hybrid living shorelines to respond to coastal erosion, sea level rise, and stormwater surge in their communities. A living shoreline is a protected, stabilized coastal edge made of natural materials such as plants, sand, or rock. Unlike a concrete seawall or other hard structure, which impedes the growth of plants and animals, living shorelines grow over time. Many shorelineson residential properties have their native plants, grasses and trees replaced with wooden bulkheads and/or rock walls. This artificial barrier destroys the natural habitat of birds and aquatic life, and erosion can still occur or be transferred to the neighbouring land. The shore way to a healthy future for our beloved coast might be easier than you think! Join the NBEN, Nature NB, and CLIMAtlantic on June 27th from 12-1 pm to hear Lauren Clark from the Town of Mahone Bay, NS and Madeleine Crowell from the Town of Stratford, PEI both speak on their living shorelines work.


Madeleine Crowell, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Town of Stratford, PEI 
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Madeleine Crowell is the Environmental Sustainability Coordinator for the Town of Stratford PEI, where she coordinates municipal environmental programs, policies, and initiatives across all departments. She previously worked for and now works closely alongside the local non-profit, Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group.

Lauren Clark, Climate and Energy Program Manager, Town of Mahone Bay, NS 

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Lauren Clark recently moved to the South Shore of Nova Scotia to work for the innovative Town of Mahone Bay. She has previously worked in the environmental non-profit sector and has volunteered across Canada. She attended Mount Allison University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Environmental Studies. She is originally from the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia and enjoys going on adventures with her 3-legged cat.

This session will be in English, with French interpretation.

Event Information

Event Date 04 July, 2023 12:00 pm
Event End Date 04 July, 2023 1:00 pm
Cut off date 04 July, 2023 12:00 pm
Categories Webinar Series: Nature-Based Climate Solutions Case Studies , Climate Change Adaptation Collaborative

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