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Climate change and droughts in Guelph and Waterloo Region: Adaptation strategies. A SWOT analysis

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Title: Climate change and droughts in Guelph and Waterloo Region: Adaptation strategies. A SWOT analysis
Author: Suddaby, Dana
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Rural Planning and Development
Advisor: Yap, Nonita
Abstract: Climate change is considered one of the most important environmental issues of our time. There is strong evidence that human activity is one of the major causes of climate change. The impacts of climate change on water resources can lead to many issues, especially extended droughts. Both Guelph and the Waterloo Region are potentially at risk of drought due to the rise in average global temperatures. Both regions have incorporated climate change adaptation strategies into their plans for water management and conservation. Droughts have the ability to destroy crops, increase the risk of disease, create poor soil conditions and decrease the availability of fresh drinking water. An adaptation SWOT Analysis was done of the strategies of the two. Neither Guelph nor Waterloo meet what have been identified as seven requirements for effective climate change adaptation strategies but are well on their way towards it. The use of a SWOT analysis allowed for a comparison between the two study areas. Guelph appears to have a strong water conservation program. However, both areas need to incorporate risk management, adaptive management and population influences into their plans to increase the effectiveness of their current conservation strategies.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/16178
Date: 2016
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