Funded by the Fonds vert (green fund) as part of Action-Climat Québec, a program related to the 2013-2020 Action Plan on Climate Change, the Rés-Alliance initiative aimed to build the capacity of local communities with respect to the impacts of climate change on water patterns and resources. The two main issues identified by participating communities in the Rés-Alliance project are flooding and the protection of drinking water sources.
In order to support the municipalities as much as possible in this process, the ROBVQ sought the support of scientific experts specialized in climate change from a variety of sectors, including hydrology, community engagement, land-use planning, economy, etc. These resources formed a scientific intelligence committee that commented on the relevance of the various stages of the project but could also serve as a resource depending on the issues studied and discussed by the communities. The Ouranos climatology consortium was involved from the very first stages of the project’s design.
Of the different communities taking part in the project, eight were selected to complete full cycles of climate change adaptation planning, i.e., a community portrait, diagnosis and adaptation plan. The portraits were produced early in the project cycle, in 2017. They include a definition of the system under study, a social network analysis, as well as the identification of the system’s exposure and sensitivity factors and existing compensation measures.