Pan-Territorial Adaptation Strategy


Governments face numerous challenges in responding effectively to climate change through adaptation. Our common challenges provide an opportunity for our governments to work together to focus adaptation efforts and address impacts that are most relevant to our residents and communities. It is especially important for each territorial government to continue working with Aboriginal governments and organizations to increase awareness of climate change impacts, identify risks and develop effective solutions.

Some of our challenges are:

  • Limited financial capacity and a wide scope of responsibility make it difficult to plan for long-term strategic investments.
  • Prioritization of other significant concerns in each territory, such as housing and health care, may make responding to climate change a lower priority.
  • Human capacity challenges due to limited staff numbers in critical areas create challenges in service delivery to small, widely dispersed populations.
  • Risk identification, analysis of impacts and ability to develop solutions are restricted by limited human and financial resources.
  • Logistical challenges include a lack of roads to many communities, limited time windows for sealift, expensive air travel, a harsh climate and underdeveloped telecommunications networks. All of these impact government’s ability to respond to critical issues and emergencies.
  • Limited baseline data and climate change scenario projections at the local level.


Map of Nunavut

Sea Ice

Later freeze-up results in coastal erosion in the community of Hall Beach since there is no ice to protect the coastline during winter storms. A longer open water season has also led to an increase in shipping through sensitive and sometimes uncharted waters. In the Summer of 2010, two ships were grounded - one carrying 9.5 million litres of fuel.

Photos courtesy of Patrick Kane/Up Here, Dianne Villesèche/www.ravenink.ca and ArcticNet. © 2016 A Northern Vision