September 14, 2021
Nova Scotia has 13,000 kilometres of coastline, and global sea levels are expected to rise 1 meter above current levels by the year 2100. With 70% of Nova Scotia’s population living in coastal communities, it is important to protect the coast, its ecosystems, and its residents. For many years, East Coast Environmental Law advocated for legislation to protect the coastal areas of Nova Scotia. Finally, in April 2019, the provincial legislature passed the Coastal Protection Act for Nova Scotia.
The CPA does not address all coastal issues, but it aims to limit the kinds of development, construction, and related activity along the coast that increasingly put people at risk from sea level rise, storm surges, and coastal flooding. The CPA also seeks to address erosion and damage to sensitive coastal ecosystems that provide valuable ecological functions.
However, the CPA is not yet in force (meaning that its rules do not yet apply) because the provincial government is still creating regulations that will provide details about how the Act will operate. Now, the government is seeking feedback on its proposed CPA regulations.
Online Information Sessions
East Coast Environment Law and the Ecology Action Centre want to make it easier for the public to provide feedback on the proposed CPA regulations. This month, we will be offering three online information sessions that will discuss how the CPA will work, what we like about it, and what we are concerned about. A question-and-answer period will follow. Click the links below to register for one of the sessions!