Government invests in climate change adaptation in Atlantic Canada’s forest sector
By Ellen Cools
The federal government has announced a $300,000 investment in the University of New Brunswick (UNAB) for a climate change adaptation project. The project will study the socio-economic costs and benefits of adapting to climate-induced changes (for example, drought and wind) in Atlantic Canada’s forests.
The results will ultimately help those in the industry and forestry communities, including Indigenous peoples, plan and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The university will also determine how adaptation, such as assisted species migration and management practices, could help forests continue to sustain the economy and local communities.
According to a news release, the funding comes from Natural Resources Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Program.
“Funding from Natural Resources Canada provides UNB with the ability to assemble a team of experts to research the impacts of climate change on forests and the best way to adapt to ensure our forests will continue to provide the wide array of ecological goods and services that society depends on,” said Dr. Van Lantz, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick, in a statement.