Coastal Flood Risk Governance in a Changing Climate

By January 17, 2021January 26th, 2021No Comments
Institution: University of Waterloo
Theme: Environmental change, Human activity
Area of Vulnerability: Coastal communities

Principal investigator

Daniel Henstra, University of Waterloo 


Jason Thistlethwaite, Greg Oulahen, Nick Hedley


Cycle II

Flooding is a major climate change risk for coastal communities, with the potential to limit the availability of insurance and depreciate property values. Many countries have embraced flood risk management (FRM), a strategic framework that shares responsibility among public and private stakeholders, and employs diverse policy instruments to reduce and manage flood impacts. By contrast, the management of flooding in Canada is government-dominated, focused narrowly on prevention and recovery, and guided by historical experience, while ignoring climate change risk. Through case studies in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Vancouver, British Columbia, this research will critically evaluate existing flood risk governance arrangements (FRGAs) and develop strategies to achieve more resilient, efficient, and legitimate FRM outcomes.