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Description & Comparison of Threats
in Canadian and Caribbean Study Site Communities
 

Community Distinctiveness Threats Partnerships & Alliances  Region
Charlottetown,
Prince Edward Island
Provincial capital city and coastal port; Population 60,000, centre of industrial and commercial activity; historic downtown Impacts to infrastructure and historic sites from flooding associated with predicted SLR and storm surges City council; provincial government, local university, businesses and services, UPEI Canada
Georgetown, Guyana National capital city and coastal port; centre of industrial and commercial activity, Population 215,000; largest city in region, 14’ below sea level Breaching of the protective sea walls and dykes by storm surges, salt water contamination of drinking water supplies Central government planning agency; local community groups; local businesses and enterprises Caribbean
Iqaluit,
Nunavut
Territorial capital city in Canada’s high North. Population highly sensitive terrestrial and marine Arctic environment Eco-tourism including whale-watching; whale hunting permitted by native peoples using traditional methods; nearby shipping lanes Melting / destabilization of permafrost areas of shoreline leading to erosion and sedimentation and coastal hydrological and biodiversity changes - leading to impacts on ecosystems & indigenous cultures Local contacts, team members with experience in working in these communities Canada
Belize Island atolls on 300 km section of the 2nd largest reef in world - the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, World Heritage Site ;destination for half of region’s 260,000 tourists, nearby shipping lanes Impacts from SLR and storm surge on coral reefs, and on local tourism and fish and shellfish fisheries Local contacts, team members with experience in working in these communities Caribbean
Gibsons,
British Columbia
Sunshine Coast coastal town, unique location with proximity to Vancouver, popular resort town, significant eco-tourism and hiking and camping area Impacts from SLR and severe storms leading to beach erosion and risk of groundwater exposure to salinisation Town council and planning committee support, Local contacts with tourism and environmental groups Canada
Grande Riviere, Trinidad &Tobago Isolated village of fishermen and small crop farmers, popular local eco- tourism area, protected nesting area for giant leatherneck turtles; nearby shipping and important agricultural areas Immediate potential for impacts from sea level rise and severe storms Local contacts with tourism and environmental groups Caribbean
Isle Madame, Nova Scotia Local fishing and aquaculture area, eco-tourism, archipelago of small isolated coastal communities; historic settlement area for Acadians Impacts from SLR and severe storms on unique transportation links and potential isolation due to infrastructure damage Municipality Council, local development association (DIMA), industrial, professional activities, businesses, trade & tourism, Université Sainte-Anne Canada
Bequia,
Saint Vincent &
the Grenadines
Island archipelago and coral reefs. Popular boating area for cruising yachts; marine and eco-tourism based on whale-watching; significant natural habitats, native peoples’ traditional marine hunting activities, nearby shipping lanes Impacts from SLR and severe storms, unique transportation links, potential isolation due to infrastructure damage Local governments, industrial, professional activities, businesses Carribean
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