Our Work on Coastal Issues in Nova Scotia
Currently, the main focus of our coastal work is around Coastal Climate Change Adaptation and Coastal Ecosystems Protection.
Nova Scotia, also known as Canada’s Ocean Playground, is an Atlantic province defined by 13,300 kilometres of coastline. Around 70 percent of Nova Scotia’s population lives in coastal communities and approximately one-fifth of our province’s economy relates to coastal and marine industry. Our spirit, our music, our recreation and our culture are very connected to our coast.
Nova Scotia is facing the most extreme Sea-Level Rise predictions in the country, due in part to Vertical Land Movement (our land is subsiding as the sea-level rises). We have some of the highest tides in the world along the Bay of Fundy shore. Nova Scotia is located on the path of hurricanes and post-tropical storms coming up the Eastern Seaboard and regularly experiences extreme weather events (including Nor’Easters during the fall and winter months). Coastal climate change is significantly impacting our province. We are seeing storm surge and coastal flooding, accelerated coastal erosion, inundation and saltwater intrusion.
The Coastal Team is working to protect coastal ecosystems and to help Nova Scotians understand the risks of coastal climate change and the adaptation options available to us as we face these challenges. We have worked extensively to encourage the provincial government to create legislation to protect coastal ecosystems.
Coastal Climate Change in Nova Scotia
Learn more about coastal climate change in Nova Scotia via the infographic below.