Section 7 of the report describes a range of specific recommended adaptation measures from a governance perspective to non-structural strategies. Examples include, but aren’t limited to:

  • use of information technology tools such as GIS, flood models, warning systems, and mapping
  • flood plain mapping
  • hydrologic and engineering studies
  • insurance, information and education
  • flood insurance and tax adjustments
  • disaster preparedness and response
  • post–flood recovery assistance

By adopting appropriate climate change adaptation strategies, the provincial government and the local governments in the Hillsborough River Basin can mitigate the impact of: more frequent and higher intensity precipitation events on storm water management systems and potential flooding of lands serviced by this infrastructure; and sea level rise and storm surge on existing built form and future development. A list of general considerations was also provided, which included, for example: Ensure that floodplain management goals are consistent with community-wide planning and development goals and guidelines; Review the municipal and rural plans to develop policies specifically addressing climate change adaptation (and mitigation); and Educate the citizenry about potential future flooding and climate change adaptation processes. The report recommends that provincial government and local governments in the Basin consider a multi-tiered approach comprising administrative measures, civil works programs and public communication. This would involve developing and adopting a comprehensive climate change adaptation strategy that integrates planning instruments, development controls and emergency response measures.