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CAN - Living With Water Project Explores Coastal Adaptation Plans to Address Rising Sea Levels

Indigenous communities will partner with researchers and governments to explore cutting-edge solutions

The UVic based Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) launched the Living with Water project on Dec. 15th. This $1 million, four-year Theme Partnership Project connects teams of researchers who will look for solutions to rising sea level and coastal flooding with climate solution seekers, including local First Nations governments, municipalities, and federal and provincial governments.

With Indigenous communities on board, the team will explore cutting-edge solutions to coastal adaptation like multi-functional dikes, or nature-based solutions, such as wetland conservation, while centering the values and knowledge of Indigenous communities.

It’s expected that sea levels will rise 50 cm by 2050 and 1.2 metres by 2100. For the 80 per cent of British Columbians that live within five kilometers of the coastline, this means B.C. needs a plan for adapting with our changing coast.

Currently, neither the provincial or federal government have a plan for adapting to the rising sea levels or coastal flooding. Instead this responsibility falls on municipalities and First Nations who are limited by legislation to plan infrastructure only within their own boundaries. The Living with Water project aims to address this and could find solutions that serve as a model for coastal adaptation nationally or internationally.

“[PICS Theme Partnership Projects] generate new knowledge, build international leadership within British Columbia’s research community, and help drive further innovation in critical thematic areas,” states the PICS site.

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