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Small and Rural Communities Climate Action Guidebook

Strategies to overcome climate-related challenges and reduce GHG emissions in small communities  

Making up a major portion of Canada’s population, small and rural communities are in the unique position of being able to make significant contributions to national, provincial and territorial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets. However, with limited financial and staffing resources, small and rural communities can face unique challenges when developing, implementing and delivering climate initiatives. Also, much of the conversation around local climate planning centers on the urban experience, leaving small and rural communities with few guides or tools to help them reduce emissions.  

The Small and Rural Communities Climate Action Guidebook, developed by ICLEI Canada and the Federation of Canada Municipalities (FCM) for the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program, is a direct response to the climate planning challenges faced by small and rural communities, offering local decision makers case studies and advice tailored to their experience.    


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