On behalf of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (Intact Centre), I am pleased to share our new report titled “When the Big Storms Hit: The Role of Wetlands to Limit Urban and Rural Flood Damage”.
The report finds that leaving wetlands in their natural state could reduce the financial costs of flooding by nearly 40 per cent.
In compiling the report, the Intact Centre compared the financial costs of a major flood event in urban and rural areas, where wetlands were left in their natural state, versus where a computer model simulated wetlands replacement with agricultural land use.
The modeling showed that if a major fall flood were to occur, the financial costs of flooding in rural and urban areas would be 29 and 38 per cent lower, respectively, with wetlands in their natural state versus being lost due to development.
Click here to access full report: www.intactcentreclimateadaptation.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/When-the-Big-Storms-Hit.pdf
For any questions and feedback about the report, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Director, Infrastructure Adaptation Program
Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation
Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo
EV3 4334 – 200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON, CANADA, N2L 3G1