Coastal Cities at Risk (2012)

From 2012-2016, Metro Vancouver was one of four international metropolitan areas, along with Manila, Lagos, and Bangkok, that took part in the $12.5 million research Coastal Cities at Risk network that ACT contributed to, funded by the Canadian International Development Research Council’s International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change (IRIACC).

The network’s study focus, "Coastal cities at risk: Building adaptive capacity for managing climate change in coastal megacities", addressed an important gap in Canada’s climate change knowledge and helped enhance participating areas’ capacity to anticipate, manage, and reduce climate risk and vulnerability through adaptation.

The research teams each received $2.5 million over a five-year period to study how to best protect people, communities, and vital economic sectors such as agriculture and tourism, that are most at risk from the effects of climate change.

This project was supported by START, a core international partner of the United States Global Change Research Program that works closely with universities and research institutes in Africa and Asia, United Nations agencies, governments and non-governmental organizations, and led to the establishment of a Canadian-funded CCAR2 network in the Philippines.

View Coastal Cities at Risk publications and resources on our reports page.