A new report from the
The report, which highlights 11 projects in
"In recent years we have seen a dramatic rise in insurable losses related to extreme weather events in
The 11 flood mitigation projects profiled in the report were conducted between 2012 - 2017, with funding from
The report highlights two actions, that are often overlooked, as recommendations to maximize the utility of community-level flood mitigation projects in the future. These include: (1) the need to engage local stakeholders throughout a project's life-cycle, thus building ongoing understanding and support for the project, and (2) the need to ensure vigilance in monitoring a project, thus enabling appropriate and timely changes in course correction.
The lesson of this report rests with its focus on the utility of small-scale, local flood mitigation projects. Attention is often directed to large-scale initiatives that are deemed 'too large to fail', meaning that their collapse would cause catastrophic and irreparable damage. However, as illustrated in the report, smaller scale, agile efforts to limit flood risk can collectively contribute to ensuring the resiliency of communities - accordingly, the perceived simplicity of such projects should not be undervalued.
The report titled 'Too Small to Fail: Protecting Canadian Communities from Floods' is available online (https://www.intactcentreclimateadaptation.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Climate-Change-Adaptation-Projects-FINAL.pdf).