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Saskatchewan will measure its progress toward 'Prairie Resilience'

by Mark Sabourin
EcoLog, 12/7/2018 2:05:00 PM

Saskatchewan’s “Prairie Resilience: A Made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy” is as much about adaptation as it is about emissions reduction. The plan commits Saskatchewan to “track and report across all areas of focus to convey progress in making our province more resilient to climate change.”

Saskatchewan has now developed the yardstick against which it will measure and report on its resilience. “Saskatchewan’s Climate Resilience Measurement Framework” includes 25 indicators that will measure progress in the face of a changing global climate.

The 25 measures span five key areas: natural systems (including land, water, and forests), physical infrastructure, economic sustainability, community preparedness, and the well-being of people. Examples of specific measures in the framework include:

  • by 2025, 25% of Saskatchewan's cropland will be under a 4R nutrient stewardship plan (right source, right rate, right time, right place)
  • by 2030, up to 50% of electricity will be generated from renewable energy sources
  • by 2020, energy consumption in government-owned buildings will be down to 1.494 GJ/m2
  • by 2025, greenhouse gas emissions from flaring and venting of gas produced in association with oil will have been cut by 4.5 Mt of CO2e annually
  • by 2030, all communities at risk of flooding will have completed floodplain mapping.

The Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases Act gives the Minister of Environment broad discretion to report on matters related to climate change using “any indicators that the minister considers relevant.” The Act does not specify when or how often those reports must be made.

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