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June 26, 2024

Municipal Climate Adaptation and Disaster Mitigation


Workshop Presentations & Findings

In February of 2024, Eco-West Canada presented a series of workshops in Killarney, Winkler, Gimli, St-Pierre-Jolys, and Onanole. 

Delivered in partnership with Manitoba’s Emergency Management Organization and department of Environment and Climate Change, these workshops brought together over 195 people representing:

  • municipal elected officials
  • chief administrative officers
  • public works staff
  • municipal emergency coordinators
  • watershed district representatives
  • Manitobe government departments

These workshops offered an opportunity to foster discussions between municipalities, watershed districts, Manitoba and other key stakeholders on proactive planning and opportunities to mitigate potential disasters and enhance local climate resilience. 


Review the presentations delivered at the information workshops.

  1. Adapting to a Changing Climate: Prepare Today, Prosper Tomorrow
    Elaine Fox, Manager, Climate Adaptation 
    Manitoba Department of Environment and Climate Change

A look at how climate change continues to impact the prairies, its affect on local communities and the costs of inaction. This is an opportunity to learn about available data, resources and how adaptation strategies can help communities avoid disasters and manage risk.

  1. Reactive to Proactive: Disaster Risk Reduction in Manitoba
    Stephanie Woltman, Manager of Mitigation 
    Manitoba’s Emergency Management Organization

Review the changing landscape of emergency management in Canada and Manitoba, including creation of Manitoba EMO’s Mitigation Program Area and other programs; how proactive disaster mitigation is of benefit to communities; and how to use risk management tools to support disaster mitigation.

  1. Introduction to Risk Management Mapping
    Stephanie Woltman, Manager of Mitigation 
    Emergency Management Organization

Introduction of disaster mitigation approaches and how to use DFA maps as a tool to support this kind of planning. Using local DFA maps, work through identifying potential projects and approaches to support disaster mitigation for your community.

  1. Tips for Developing New Funding Opportunities
    Dany Robidoux, Executive Director
    Eco-West Canada

Presentation of funding opportunities and discussion of strategies and opportunities to identify and secure available funding for local climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction projects and approaches.

Workshop Report & Findings

Check back here for a summary of workshop feedback and findings.