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Local Climate Change Visioning

Local Climate Change Visioning: Using Future Scenarios and Visualization to Enhance Planning and Engagement

Workshop Facilitator: Dr. Stephen R.J. Sheppard, Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning, UBC

Most cities around the world are now starting to gear up for climate change planning, to implement and mainstream adaptation and mitigation. However, difficulties include: the problem of uncertainties and unfamiliarity with both future impacts and their solutions; the need to bring the public on board in supporting new policies and embracing behaviour change; and how to build additional considerations into current planning methods when staff resources are stretched. This workshop demonstrated a participatory process for visioning local futures with climate change, for purposes of planning, community engagement, and decision-making. This process, using best available data, scenarios, and powerful visualization, has been shown through evaluation research to increase awareness and support for policy change among stakeholders and councils, leading in some cases to rapid implementation of adaptation measures. Through hands-on exercises with a local community area, drawing on compelling examples and techniques from the facilitator’s book Visualizing Climate Change, participants learned how they can structure an enhanced planning/engagement process that integrates:

Participants also reviewed software and staffing needs/resources applicable to their own jurisdictions.






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