Cities Adapt to Climate Change: Celebrating Local Leadership

The risks of natural hazards in Canada are increasing, and studies have shown many disaster risk reduction projects have benefits greater than their costs. However, municipal climate adaptation projects face limited resources that support implementation. This Project will research and write two books of case studies about successful municipal climate adaptation projects in Canada, extending ICLR’s “Cities Adapt” series. Suitable municipal disaster risk reduction projects will be identified by examining the list of projects supported by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) grants and through ICLR’s network of contacts. Interviews with project leaders will be conducted to develop these examples into case studies. Further information will be gained through a SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant workshop on knowledge sharing across municipalities. Lessons learned and best practices common across these projects will be identified from these case studies to support future municipal projects.

Faculty Supervisor:

Gordon McBean


Bohan Li


Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction


Environmental sciences



Western University


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