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The State of Climate Change Adaptation in the Great Lakes Region

Project Purpose: To survey, catalog, and assess (where possible) climate adaptation activities in the Great Lakes region, especially focusing on freshwater-related efforts in the natural and built environments.
Background: The Great Lakes region is composed of two Canadian provinces – Ontario and Quebec – as well as eight U.S. states – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The region provides 21% of the world’s freshwater supply and 84% of North America’s surface freshwater supply ( Climate change will have severe effects on the natural resources and human communities in the region; practitioners will be required to prepare for and respond to these impacts through mitigation and adaptation measures.
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Sponsored by The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.