Our Resource Library is a curated collection of websites, documents, education modules, and other resources that help communities enact nature-based solutions across Canada.
Applying Nature-Based Climate Solutions
|topic||adaption, climate change, marine ecosystems|
|type||tools, website (comprehensive)|
Forests, grasslands, peatlands, wetlands, and oceans are critical ecosystems that sequester and store vast amounts of carbon, clean our air and water, protect us from extreme floods and fires, and provide critical habitats for threatened species.
'Nature-based climate solutions' - the protection, restoration, and management of these natural areas are now seen as key, alongside the clean energy transition, to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and stemming global warming.
This is a climate mitigation and adaptation toolkit aimed at specific landscapes and approaches (e.g., forests, wetlands/protection, restoration, land and water management).
Climate Change Toolkit
|creator||Native Women's Association of Canada Environmental Conservation and Climate Change Office (ECCCO)|
|topic||climate change, climate projections, Indigenous communities|
Results of a webinar for Indiengous Women and climate change. Questions asked of participants included:
- "Is Mother Earth in crisis"
- "What are the key components of a healthy environment?"
- "What are the key issues affecting women and gender diverse peoples in their environment?"
- "Are Indigenous women more impacted than Indigenous men by climate change? If so, what are the differences?",
- "Are you aware of any projects in your community or lands related to climate change?"
Collecting and using rainwater at home: A guide for homeowners
|creator||Canada Mortage and Housing Corporation|
|topic||guidelines, rainwater harvesting|
Canada is considered a water-rich nation. However, certain regions across the country now experience water scarcity on a seasonal or ongoing basis. Consequently, a growing number of Canadian homeowners and municipalities are interested in water conservation measures. Rainwater harvesting is a great way of reducing your consumption of municipally treated water by using what Mother Nature provides to us for free.
This is a 67 page guide on rainwater harvesting for homeowners (general background information on rainwater harvesting, amount of rainwater collection for various contexts, tank sizing, designing your own system, installation, costs and maintenance), includes rainwater harvesting system planning checklist.
|creator||Province of British Columbia|
|topic||community, drinking water, water quality, watersheds|
|type||tools, website (section)|
The majority of British Columbians get their drinking water from surface water. These sources range from small streams to large reservoirs. Community watersheds play an important part in protecting water quality for communities and private water users that rely on surface water sources. Find a community watershed and learn more about its features
Drinking Water Quality
|creator||Province of British Columbia (BC)|
|category||Water Quality: for Drinking|
British Columbia's drinking water at the tap is generally very safe. However, outbreaks of water-borne disease caused by pathogens (e.g., bacteria, protozoa, and viruses) and chemicals occur from time to time. Pathogens usually get into drinking water supplies when lakes or streams, or community water-supply pipes or storage reservoirs, are contaminated by animal wastes or human sewage.
Water suppliers are responsible for delivering safe drinking water that meets the requirements of the Drinking Water Protection Act and Drinking Water Protection Regulation, as well as the conditions set on their operating permits. These requirements include treating the water, if necessary, and ensuring water quality through monitoring. Water suppliers must notify the public when there is a potential or actual problem.