Prairie Resilience was developed using data from a wide range of sources, including: IPCC reports, ECCC reports, think tank publications, academic publications, citizen groups and administrative files. When assessing the impacts of proposed policies, the Government of Saskatchewan conducted internal modeling but also sought to verify the modeling results with stakeholder consultations. The latest research shows Saskatchewan is getting more rain, which leads to more floods. At the same time higher temperatures dry the ground faster accelerating the onset and severity of drought. Warmer winters are causing more problems with pests and invasive species, mountain pine beetle has already destroyed forests in neighboring provinces.
In 2017, the Government of Saskatchewan developed a comprehensive climate change strategy designed to make the province more resilient to the climatic, economic and policy impacts of climate change. In the strategy, the Government of Saskatchewan builds upon actions they have already taken and introduces measures to strengthen their province and build resilience to climate change. The Government of Saskatchewan has been implementing measures of its climate change strategy since it was launched in 2017, titled Prairie Resilience: A Made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy. The core principle of Prairie Resilience is resilience – the ability to cope with, adapt to, and recover from stress and change. Prairie Resilience is a strategy that takes a system-wide approach and includes more than 40 commitments designed to make Saskatchewan more resilient to the effects of a changing climate. The commitments – which go beyond emissions reductions alone – span Saskatchewan’s natural systems and resources, infrastructure for electricity, transportation, homes and buildings, and community preparedness. The Climate Resilience Measurement Framework monitors resilience-related progress in five key areas: natural systems (including our land, water and forests), physical infrastructure, economic sustainability, community preparedness, and the well-being of people to adapt and prosper in a changing environment. The Ministry of Environment reports annually on the Framework’s 25 scientifically-based indicators to enhance their understanding of how the province is responding to effects of a changing climate.