Québec was hit by unprecedented flooding in the spring of 2017. The rising waters damaged 5,371 homes in 290 municipalities within 15 of Québec’s regions, resulting in considerable costs for property owners.
In today’s climate change world, maintaining the status quo is not an option. To address this issue, the Government of Québec has hosted the Forum Inondations 2017: Ensemble, planifions l’avenir autrement on October 6-7 at the Société des arts technologiques in Montréal.
The Forum has provided an opportunity for a comprehensive discussion about potential solutions for flood management in Québec, with a view to ensuring the health and safety of the population. The following subjects have been addressed:
Based on science and dialog, the Forum has fostered knowledge and experience sharing and the dissemination of information on this issue. Through the use of knowledge and governance synergy, the Forum looked toward identifiying potential solutions for fostering adaptation and enhancing Québec’s medium- and long-term resilience to flooding.
Chaired by the Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, Mr. David Heurtel, a Main Table of some twenty members have dialogued with each of the speakers.
The public was able to follow the Forum live on the Web and all recorded Forum segments can now be viewed by clicking on the Multimedia tab.
In preparing the event, the Forum’s organizing committee included ecoresponsible measures to the extent possible, especially with respect to purchasing, member travel and transfers, food, lodging, communications and waste management.
The Forum was also carbon neutral, meaning that each participant was asked to offset the greenhouse gas emissions generated by their travel.