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City of Surrey Climate Adaptation Strategy

2013 — City of Surrey

The City of Surrey, British Columbia developed a Climate Adaptation Strategy using the five-milestone planning framework of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI – Canada – Local Governments for Sustainability). The strategy was adopted by Surrey City Council in November 2013.

The adaptation planning process and risk assessment identified medium- to high-level risks related to drainage and flooding, tree mortality and ecosystem change, energy security and agricultural viability. In response to these impacts, cross-departmental working groups developed 91 actions to increase resilience in six sectors:

  • Flood Management and Drainage
  • Infrastructure
  • Ecosystems and Natural Areas
  • Urban Trees and Landscaping
  • Human Health and Safety, and
  • Agriculture and Food Security.

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