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

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dc.contributor.advisor Yap, Nonita Suddaby, Dana 2019-05-30T14:37:45Z 2019-05-30T14:37:45Z 2016 2016-04-21
dc.description.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.
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject climate change
dc.subject water resources
dc.subject drought
dc.subject water management
dc.subject water conservation
dc.subject SWOT analysis
dc.subject adaptive management
dc.subject drought management strategy
dc.title Climate change and droughts in Guelph and Waterloo Region: Adaptation strategies. A SWOT analysis
dc.type Major paper Rural Planning and Development Master of Science School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
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