Nine-point strategy will save Vancouver ‘billions in the next century,’ says deputy manager
The city of Vancouver has designed a climate change “adaptation” strategy to tackle a potential increase in street flooding, sewer backups, damaged forests and heat-related illnesses by 2050.
The strategy, scheduled to go to council for approval in principle Tuesday, suggests nine measures to address the potential impacts of climate change, which is expected to bring more intense rain and windstorms, hotter and drier summers and rising sea levels, affecting the city’s economic prosperity and livability.
The actions range from a coastal flood risk assessment to a backup power policy, water conservation actions and a comprehensive urban forest management plan.
If approved, the strategy would be reviewed annually and updated every five years.