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Resilience and Preparedness

Through its resilience and preparedness work, CGLI monitors and engages in regional policy activities in the Great Lakes region that impact or may impact the resilience of Great Lakes industries to climate change and other conditions. CGLI provides a forum for industry representatives to increase their awareness about emerging adaptation policies, strategies, and information needs; monitors activities that impact the Great Lakes maritime system; and offers an opportunity for industry to share and further develop best practices for resilient operations.

As an example, CGLI convened industry representatives to help shape the regional maritime strategy currently being developed by the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers (CGLSLGP). CGLSLGP developed the maritime strategy to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the maritime transportation system in the Great Lakes region, to grow the regional economy, and to create jobs.

Stakeholder meetings to provide comments and input into the draft strategy occurred through April 2016. Government agencies from the US and Canada, environmental NGOs, ship owners, and others signed up to contribute to this effort. CGLI is a member of the CGLSLGP’s Maritime Initiative Task Force Advisory Committee and convened the Maritime Transportation Strategy Work Group to ensure that the final strategy meets the interests of the regional industry that uses the Great Lakes transportation system to ship raw materials and/or finished products to market. The final strategy was released on June 15, 2016 and includes actions designed to double maritime trade, shrink the environmental footprint of the region’s transportation network, and support the region’s industrial core. The final strategy is available here.

In addition to the Great Lakes maritime system, CGLI’s Resilience and Preparedness work stream includes policies, programs, and activities in the Great Lakes region that relate to crude oil transportation, water level fluctuations, and adaptation to climate change.

Resilience and Preparedness Work Group Member Page