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Flood risk mapping is a public good, so why the public resistance in Canada? Lessons from Nova Scotia

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🗞️ Driving the news: Canada's effort to introduce a public flood risk mapping portal faces public resistance, notably due to concerns about the impact on real estate values

🔭 The context: Despite the recognized importance of flood risk maps for public safety and climate adaptation, Canadian provinces and municipalities have a fragmented approach, with many maps outdated or difficult to interpret

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Effective flood risk management is crucial for protecting ecosystems, infrastructure, and communities, especially in regions like Nova Scotia, facing significant sea-level rise due to climate change

⏭️ What's next: Overcoming public resistance requires improving the public's understanding of flood risks and demonstrating the collective benefits of accurate, accessible mapping for climate adaptation and property protection

📈 One stat: In Nova Scotia, one in six people in a 2021 survey and one in three in a 2022 survey expressed concern about flood risk mapping affecting real estate values

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