Table 1.10Adaptation strategies

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Adaptation strategies
  Explanation Example
Bear costs Do nothing to reduce vulnerability and absorb losses. Allow household lawns and gardens to wither.
Prevent loss Steps are taken to reduce vulnerability. Protect coastal communities with seawalls.
Spread or share loss The burden of loss is spread across different systems  or populations. Crop insurance.
Change activity Stop activities that are no longer viable under the  new climate, and substitute with activites that are more  appropriate. Convert a ski resort into a four-season facility to  attract tourists year round.
Change location Move the activity. Move ice fishing operations farther north.
Enhance adaptive capacity Improve the ability of a system to deal with stress by  enhancing its resiliency. Reduce non-climatic stresses, such as pollution.
Natural Resources Canada, 2004, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation: A Canadian Perspective, (accessed March 22, 2007).
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