Creating a Regional Climate Change Strategy in Peel (2011)

The Region of Peel, Ontario, has experienced climate change impacts and expects greater impacts in the future according to available climate projections. To prevent damage related to climate change impacts, and to build adaptive capacity within, the Region of Peel developed the Peel Region Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. The strategy was a collaborative effort that included partners in the lower tier municipalities and conservation authorities within the Region of Peel.

This case study reviews the features of this progressive strategy and identifies the benefits of addressing climate change impacts at a regional level. The case study also includes a discussion of the challenges that the Region encountered throughout the process as well as some of the key lessons learned that may assist other Regions to incorporate climate change into their key plans and strategies.