“The massive costs and damages to Vancouver resulting from climate change and sea level rise can’t be ignored,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Sitting on the sidelines is not an option while climate change threatens our future.”
Scientists project that sea level rise will pose a significant challenge to coastal cities across the world over the next century and beyond. And the city of Vancouver, on the coast of British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province, is no exception. Sea levels there are expected to rise 1 metre by 2100.
Vancouver, therefore, has been planning and preparing for the impacts of sea level rise across the city over the last few years.
The city is already actively adapting to climate change with initiatives including sewer separation, water conservation, green building standards, flood-proofing guidelines for new developments, and hot weather preparedness strategies.