April 26th, 2023 @ 1 pm ET: NRCan & ECCC Webinar (FR and EN) – “From Fragility to Flexibility: The imperative for adaptive flood management approaches in Canada” with Tamsin Lyle

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What: NRCan & ECCC – Resiliency webinar

Title: From Fragility to Flexibility: The imperative for adaptive flood management approaches in Canada

Titre: De la fragilité à la flexibilité. L’impératif de passer aux approches de gestion adaptative des inondations au Canada.

When: April 26th @ 1 pm ET

Language: EN & FR – This webinar will be translated simultaneously as it is presented


EN: Canadians across the country that are exposed to flood risks have embedded uncertainty – and this is before taking climate change into account. Flood specialists are tasked with proposing mitigation actions that reduce risk today and in the future – What if climate change is more rapid than anticipated? What if government disaster support programs change? What if development pressures in the floodplain are more or less than we are planning for? Given the deep uncertainty, it is crucial that we invest in mitigation activities that are robust and will work across many different possible futures. In this webinar, we will explain what an adaptive management framework is, exploring the rationale for a shift from traditional, arguably fragile mitigation activities to actions and processes that are flexible. We will also explore flood mapping concepts that support adaptive flood management.

FR: Partout au pays, les canadiennes et canadiens sont exposés aux risques d’inondation avec une incertitude intégrée – et cela avant de prendre en compte les changements climatiques. Les spécialistes des inondations sont chargés de proposer des mesures d’atténuation qui réduisent les risques aujourd’hui et à l’avenir – Que se passera-t-il si le changement climatique est plus rapide que prévu ? Si les programmes gouvernementaux d’aide financière en cas de catastrophes changeaient ? Si les pressions de développement dans les zones inondables sont supérieures ou inférieures à ce que nous prévoyons ? Compte tenu de l’incertitude profonde, il est essential que nous investissions dans des activités d’atténuation robustes et qui fonctionneront dans de nombreux futurs possibles. Dans ce webinaire, nous expliquerons ce qu’est un cadre de gestion adaptative, en explorant la justification de passer des mesures d’atténuation traditionnelles, sans doute fragiles, à des actions et à des processus flexibles. Nous explorerons également les concepts de cartographie des inondations qui soutiennent la gestion adaptative des inondations.

Speaker: Tamsin Lyle

Tamsin is an engineer and policy analyst who is passionate about working in the murky and wicked space between disciplines.  She is equally at home speaking about hydraulic equations or speaking to people about the challenges they have faced during disasters.  She loves nothing more than mucking about on,  near, or in water with her two kids.


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