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We provide planning, research, analysis, coordination and facilitation services in the following area:

 

Climate Resilience & Adaptation

 Photo: Jeff ZukiwskyPhoto: Jeff Zukiwsky

Support for all levels of government, businesses and other organizations to identify, assess, and prioritize climate risks, and develop actions to increase resilience to changing weather and climate risks.


PROJECT SAMPLES

 

Climate Adaptation and Resilience Strategy: Phase 1 Climate Hazard Assessment, City of Edmonton, 2016, (Role: Project Manager)

  • Jeff supported the City of Edmonton to complete a current state assessment of climate hazards faced by the city, to inform development of a climate change adaptation and resilience strategy. This involved five main tasks: 1) identifying climate hazards currently experienced in Edmonton; 2) characterizing how each hazard affects sectors in the City (transportation, economy, buildings, people, environment, etc.); 3) assessing the current probability of each hazard occurring within the next five years and the level of consequences for the City should the hazard occur; 4) determining which hazards pose a ‘serious’ or ‘extremely serious’ threat to the city, through a series of hazard assessment workshops with over 100 key stakeholders; and 5) assessing how climate change is anticipated to affect the frequency and intensity of those hazards.

 

Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Plan, Town of Canmore, 2015 – 2016 (Role: Project Manager)

  • The purpose of this project was to develop a climate resilience action plan for the Town of Canmore, Alberta. This involved: analyzing past climate trends and future climate projections for the area; conducting a stakeholder-led climate risk assessment (c) conducting interviews with key municipal staff to define appropriate and cost-efficient adaptation responses to priority risks and opportunities; and (d) drafting an adaptation plan for the Town.
  • Link: Town of Canmore Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Plan

 

Climate Resilience Express: An Action Kit for Alberta Municipalities, Calgary Foundation, Natural Resources Canada, Municipal Climate Change Action Centre and Alberta Ecotrust Foundation, 2015 –2016. (Role: Project Manager)

  • The goals of this project were 1) to develop a streamlined (“express”) process to support smaller Alberta communities in adapting to climate change; 2) support four municipalities to develop climate resilience action plans, and field test the process; 3) produce a Climate Resilience Express Action Kit for Municipalities across Alberta; and 4) train municipalities how to use the Action Kit. Through this project, Jeff developed Climate Resilience Action Plans for the Town of Bruderheim, Towns of Black Diamond & Turner Valley, Town of Banff, and Mackenzie County. The project involved compiling and analyzing local climate trends and future projections, and facilitating workshops in each community to assess and prioritize climate change risks and opportunities, and develop and screen adaptation actions.
  • Link: Climate Resilience Express

 

Economic Tools for Climate Change Adaptation in Private Real Estate Decisions, Climate Action Secretariat, Government of British Columbia, 2014-2015 (Role: co-author)

  • The goal of this project was to recommend a mix of economic tools (e.g., financial instruments and incentives, tradable quotas, economic reforms, policy reforms, tailoring information provision, etc.) that could be used by local or provincial government in BC to promote good adaptation actions in private real estate decisions during land acquisition, land development, building and construction, occupancy, renovations, and redevelopment.  There are multiple barriers that prevent people across the real estate lifecycle from pursuing climate-resilient development paths; the recommended mix of economic tools is designed to overcome these barriers.
  • Link: Economic Tools for Climate Change Adaptation in Private Real Estate Decisions

 

Weather and Climate Readiness Plan, City of Leduc, 2013-2014 (role: project manager)

  • The purpose of this project was to help the City of Leduc develop robust strategies to cope with current and future climate-related impacts. This involved: translating past climate trends and future climate projections, as well as potential impacts to relevant City services and assets, into a non-technical background report for stakeholders; conducting a stakeholder-led climate change risk assessment of the City’s operations and infrastructure; conducting interviews with key municipal staff to define appropriate and cost-efficient adaptation responses to priority risks; and drafting a weather and climate readiness plan for the City.
  • Link: Leduc Weather and Climate Readiness Plan

 

Mainstreaming Climate Adaptation in Canadian Water Resource Management, Toronto and Region Conservation (sub-consultant to ESSA Technologies), 2012 (role: co-author)

  • This project achieved three main deliverables: 1) a compendium of knowledge on climate adaptation related to water resource management in Canada, 2) a national forum on climate change adaptation in water resource management to mobilize knowledge and best practices, and 3) a policy assessment of the current state of practice and recommendations for actions with respect to climate change and water resource management practices and policies across Canada.
  • Link: Mainstreaming Climate Adaptation in Canadian Water Resource Management

 

Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative (CACCI), Columbia Basin Trust, 2011-2015 (Role: Community Projected Liaison)

  • CACCI was program of the Columbia Basin Trust which ran from 2008 to 2015. From 2011 to 2015, Jeff acted as the Community Project Liaison; supporting the development and implementation of climate adaptation strategies for eleven communities (municipalities and regional districts) across Southeast British Columbia: City of Revelstoke, Regional District of East Kootenay, District of Sparwood, City of Nelson, Regional District of Central Kootenay, Village of Salmo, Town of Creston, Village of Valemount, and City of Cranbrook. Jeff’s role involved designing and delivering workshops with municipal staff and key external stakeholders to develop climate adaptation action plans.
  • Link: Columbia Basin Trust - Climate Action

 

Climate Change Risk and Adaptation Strategy, Alberta Environment, AB. 2010–2011 (Role: co-author, climate risk assessment lead)

  • The goal of this project was to prepare a stakeholder-led climate change adaptation strategy for the Alberta Ministry of Environment to ensure high priority, material climate-related threats and opportunities are effectively managed. This involved: (a) summarizing past climate trends and developing a high, medium, and low climate scenario for different regions of Alberta; (b) identifying potential climate-related impacts across the department’s business lines and supporting infrastructure; (c) conducting multiple workshops with a range of stakeholders across all business lines to identify and prioritize both climate risks and adaptation responses to priority risks; and (d) packaging priority actions into an integrated adaptation strategy.

 

Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, District of Elkford, BC, 2008-2010 (Role: climate risk assessment lead)

  • The District of Elkford sought to identify and prioritize potential climate change risks and then mitigate those risks through strategic planning and policies. The purpose of this project was to develop a suite of climate adaptation actions aimed at increasing Elkford’s resiliency to potential climate changes. The actions were developed through strategic engagement with District staff and key community stakeholders, and included bylaw adjustments, new development requirements, evacuation planning, and education programs. Results of the adaptation strategy were integrated into Elkford’s Official Community Plan.
  • Link: District of Elkford Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

 

Tourism & Recreation Planning

Photo: Matt GunnPhoto: Matt Gunn

Support for community and land use planning to effectively manage tourism and recreation.

 

PROJECT SAMPLES: 

Koocanusa Recreation Strategy, Koocanusa Recreation Steering Committee (Columbia Basin Trust, Province of BC, Ktunaxa Nation, Regional District of East Kootenay), 2015-2017 (Role: Project Manager)

  • Jeff led development of the Koocanusa Recreation Strategy, a coordinated effort involving Columbia Basin Trust, the Province of BC, Ktunaxa Nation, and Regional District of East Kootenay. Development of the Strategy involved: compiling resources and information to develop an inventory of recreation assets and important Crown land values; engaging with local stakeholders, First Nations, and recreation users; and drafting the recreation strategy document
  • Link: Koocanusa Recreation Strategy

 

Koocanusa Area Situational Analysis and Recommendations for Crown Land Recreation, Koocanusa Recreation Steering Committee (Columbia Basin Trust, Province of BC, Ktunaxa Nation, Regional District of East Kootenay), 2014-2015 (Role: Project Manager)

 

Town of Peace River Visitor Friendly Community Assessment, Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation, 2011 (Role: Project Manager)

  • Worked with the Town of Peace River to assess and make recommendations on improving visitor friendliness

 

 

Impact Assessment

Photo: Jeff ZukiwskyPhoto: Jeff Zukiwsky

 

Assessment of impacts of major projects, focusing on potential impacts to local tourism, recreation, and other valued socio-economic components.

 

PROJECT SAMPLES: 

Environmental Effects Assessment of Narrows Inlet Hydro Project, Narrows Inlet Hydro Corporation, 2011 (Role: Lead for tourism, recreation and wilderness impact assessment)

  • The Narrows Inlet Hydro project is a proposed run-of-river power project focused on four creeks in the Tzoonie River Basin north of Sechelt, BC. The proponent engaged Zumundo Consultants to complete baseline reporting and an impact assessment of valued socio-economic components - Tourism, Recreation and Wilderness Values. The project included: an inventory of tourism operators, recreation users, and wilderness values in the project area to develop the baseline report, and stakeholder engagement, literature review, and expert opinion to identify potential project impacts and mitigation options
  • Link: Narrows Inlet Hydro Project – Environmental Assessment Office