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The Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group's (PCSDG) mission is to engage citizen participation towards the sustainability of Cocagne watershed communities
The PCSDG has collaborated for several years with Université de Moncton researchers on climate change adaptation in the Cocagne Watershed. Studies show that citizens recognize that providing concrete solutions to climate change requires adaptation measures as well as mitigation measures. The PCSDG has undertakena 2-year project in collaboration with the Université de Moncton, the Kent Regional Service Commission, the NB Climate Change Secretariat and the NB Environmental Network's Climate Change Adaptation Collaborative. Our goal is to support communities in the Cocagne watershed in developing a Climate Change Adaptation Plan.


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The goal of the project is to build capacity among citizens to deal with impacts on the ground by making informed decisions when developing the climate change adaptation plan. The project is spread over two years and follows a four-pronged process. We have established a group of partners, made up of committed citizens and elected officials, as well as resource persons, to help lead the development of the adaptation plan for the Cocagne watershed.

For year 1 of the project (April 2018 to March 2019), we held meetings to discuss current impacts associated with climate change, with the goal of identifying priorities for adapting to impacts. With the support of project partners, we held a consultative meeting with dedicated citizens, representatives of target groups and elected officials. Using maps illustrating sea level rise the predictions, participants identified most vulnerable areas to climate change impacts. They discussed adaptation strategies and as well as communication tools to better engage the general public.

In collaboration with researchers at the Department of geography at the Université de Moncton, we undertook a study to assess recent trends and identify future risks at the watershed scale. Through the climate study, we describe the trends in climatic change since 1970 and analyze climatic indices, for example heavy rain and drought, to show future changes for the period up to 2100.

For year 2 of the project, we undertook consultative meetings with citizens, representatives of community groups and elected officials. Using maps showing forecasts of sea level rise, participants identified the most vulnerable areas. They discussed adaptation strategies and communication tools to better engage the general public.

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With the results of the consultative meetings, we have developed a series of maps that make it possible to identify vulnerable places in the watershed. Project partners better understand the local impacts of climate change, allowing them to select priority actions to adapt to climate change in the Cocagne watershed.


Acknowledgements

The PCSDG would like to thank its partners for supporting the project: Université de Moncton, the Kent Regional Service Commission, the NB Climate Change Secretariat and the NB Environmental Network's Climate Change Adaptation Collaborative.

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Upcoming activities

August 28, 2020 - Living shorelines workshop with Rosemarie Lohnes

A theoretical and practical workshop on a natural approach to dealing with coastal erosion will be presented in Shediac by Rosmarie Lohnes of Helping Nature Heal inc.

This approach, called "Living Shorelines", is done manually with minimal mechanical intervention. It improves the health of the coastal ecosystem while protecting your property.

Come and learn more about the theory and practice of this proven ecological method, which represents an environmentally friendly alternative to fixed structures or rip rap.

Friday, August 28th
Theoretical session: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm - Shediac Multipurpose Centre, 58 Festival Street.
Lunch break: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm – Please bring your lunch.
Hands-on session: 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm - The location will be announced in the morning at the workshop.

The workshop will be organized in accordance with Covid-19 prevention measures. Please bring your mask. Facebook event here.

For more information :

Rémi Donelle, Shediac Bay Watershed Association
Tel: (506) 506-533-8880 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or

Julie Cormier, Director, Vision H2O
Tel:  (506) 577-2071    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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