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Climate Resilience

As climate change becomes a greater reality, our region is expected to experience more frequent and severe major storm events, more extreme heat, periods of prolonged drought, and an irreplaceable loss of biodiversity.

More than 9 million people live within 20km of the Greenbelt and in the next 25 years, the region’s population is expected to grow to 13.5 million people. The prosperity and livability of the region will be determined to a significant degree by how we utilize natural assets to combat the effects of climate change, protect farmland and support smart community development, ensure critical water supplies and enhance population health.

The Foundation is building climate resilience throughout the region by:

  • Restoring and enhancing natural systems to improve their ability to withstand and recover from severe weather events
  • Accelerating the adoption of Green Infrastructure to mitigate the negative impacts that development has on water management, natural heritage, and agricultural systems in our communities
  • Measuring and tracking the ability for increasing Greenbelt’s capacity to advance municipal natural asset management within infrastructure programs to manage storm water, prevent flooding and reduce costs.

The world-renowned Oak Ridges Moraine and Niagara Escarpment are the ecological building blocks of the Greenbelt.

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