Climate change

Climate change is already negatively affecting our marine territories, and these impacts have the potential to significantly worsen over time.

Rising sea levels, acidification, increasing ocean temperatures, shifting weather patterns and the spread of invasive species are some of the negative impacts that will affect our communities, economies and ecosystems for many years to come. While we cannot solve the larger issue of climate change, Central Coast Nations are taking steps through strategic marine planning to reduce these negative impacts, including:

  • Increasing Resilience of Ecosystems and Species – conservation measures, reduced harvesting and mitigation of other human impacts will ensure healthier ecosystems and population levels that will be better equipped to withstand a changing climate.
  • Aligning Economic and Environmental Goals – marine-based industry and development must be able to co-exist with a healthy environment in our territories.
  • Climate Change Adaptation – some climate change impacts are inevitable (even with emissions reductions), so adaptation is an essential part of any strategy. Central Coast Nations also recognize that self-governance in resource management and decision making will further support adaptive solutions in culturally and socio-ecologically relevant ways.
A mountain goat standing near a waterfall
Photo Credit: Doug Neasloss
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Photo Credit: Ken Cripps