The Prairie Regional Adaptation Collaborative 

The Prairies Regional Adaptation Collaborative (Prairies RAC) initiative is aimed at helping decision-makers in the Prairie provinces target local climate change issues and help to integrate climate change adaptation considerations into decision-making in policy, planning and operations. It is a federal-provincial cost-shared program between Natural Resources Canada and the governments of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. 

The goal of the Program is to catalyze coordinated and sustained adaptation planning, decision-making and action, across Canada’s diverse regions, and facilitate collaboration of diverse stakeholders at the regional level with local governments and organizations. The PRAC was initiated in 2010 and is currently in its 3rd phase (2016-2017).

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) acts as the Secretariat for the PRAC by providing strategic, administrative, and logistical support for its activities.

PRAC - Phase III (2016-2017)

Now in its third phase (December 2016 to March 2017), the PRAC partners are seeking to strengthen regional capacity and action with target audiences across the Prairies through activities focused on engagement, dissemination and the use and uptake of Adaptation Platform products and tools. 

Specifically, phase 3 of the PRAC aims to enhance engagement, communication among targeted decision makers and stakeholders across the Prairies to better understand and build capacity and leadership that enable future action to respond to key risks and opportunities in vulnerable communities across the Prairies. To achieve this goal, the objectives are to:

  • Raise awareness through communication/dissemination of NRCan Platform and other products, tools, etc.
  • Increase access to knowledge and understandings of climate impacts among targeted decision makers and communities.
  • Strengthen capacity to enhance community resiliency in a changing climate.
  • Build towards a legacy from PRAC of continued coordination and collaboration on adaptation for the three provincial governments and federal government.

PRAC - Phase II (2013-2016)

Its second phase (2013-2016) aimed to advance adaptive capacity within the Prairies by sharing and applying existing and new knowledge, information and tools. Phase II of PRAC built upon on Phase I by using existing networks and research to distribute adaptation information to the priority sectors identified in Natural Resources Canada's Adaptation Platform. Priority sectors identified included agriculture, energy, forestry, coastal management and northern and aboriginal communities, along with three cross-cutting priority sectors: water management, the economics of climate change adaptation and measuring progress of climate change adaptation. 

The “Adaptation Platform” was formed in 2012 to strengthen collaborative work on adaptation between the public and private sectors. Building on the momentum generated by the Regional Adaptation Collaborative (RAC) and Innovative Risk Management Tools (Tools) programs, the Platform brings together Canada’s institutional, financial and knowledge resources to enable efficient and effective development and widespread uptake of adaptation tools and other products. The Adaptation Platform includes a Plenary body that identifies priority adaptation areas or themes, such as coastal management, measuring progress on adaptation and science assessment, and Working Groups to advance adaptation in these priority areas or themes. 

Specifically, the goal of Phase II was to broaden and connect Natural Resources Canada's Adaptation Platform outcomes with the priority sectors in the Prairie Provinces through targeted and strategic activities.  

To achieve this goal, the objectives were to:

  1. Promote sharing and application of existing and new knowledge, information, and tools to enhance adaptive capacity among priority sector decision makers and stakeholder networks;
  2. Develop improved guidance on integrating and mainstreaming climate change adaptation outputs and outcomes into provincial and regional policies, plans, programs and targeted sectors.

The following synthesis reports provide an overview of the PRAC Phase II activities:

MOVING FORWARD ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN THE PRAIRIE PROVINCES “The PRAC is back!” Foundation Paper for prioritizing activities, 2014-2016

PRAC Annual Report (2014-15)

The Prairie Adaptation Bulletin

Issue 1 (Fall/Winter 2014)
Issue 2 (Winter 2015)
Issue 3 (Spring 2015)
Issue 4 (Spring 2016)

PRAC - Phase I (2009-2012)

In its first phase of activity (2010-2012), the PRAC sought to increase the capacity of decision-makers to advance the integration of adaptation into policies, programs and planning by providing them with regionally relevant networks, knowledge and tools. Natural Resources Canada partnered with the University of Regina’s Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative and the governments of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to deliver the first stage of the Prairies RAC. In addition, there was extensive collaboration including government, non-government organizations, and academia.

To address targeted climate change vulnerabilities, a series of projects, including forums, were undertaken to advance decision-making in the areas of water supply and demand, drought and flood planning, and, forest and grassland ecosystems.

The following synthesis reports provide an overview of the PRAC Phase I activities:

Manitoba's Involvement in the Prairies Adaptation Collaborative Synthesis Report - May 2012

Prairies Regional Adaptation Collaborative Water Conservation, Efficiency and Productivity in Saskatchewan Report - April 2012

Prairies Regional Adaptation Collaborative - Advancing Climate Change Adaptation in the Prairies - April 2012

Review of Alberta Climate Change Adaptation Projects - March 2011

Advancing Climate Change Adaptation in Saskatchewan - March 2012