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Pan-Territorial Adaptation Strategy

Introduction

Climate change is affecting Canada’s North. The three territorial governments are taking a leadership role to organize for the future now.

At the 2009 Northern Premiers’ Forum, the Premiers of Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Yukon agreed to have their governments work together to better understand the impacts of climate change throughout the North and to propose concrete and practical climate change adaptation measures.

The three territorial governments have a common interest in reducing the risks posed by climate change to Northern infrastructure, economies, human health and safety, ecosystems, and traditional cultures. The Pan-Territorial Adaptation Strategy: Moving Forward on Climate Change Adaptation in Canada’s North outlines the impacts of climate change in the three territories, and proposes strategies for collaborative actions, while at the same time supporting territory-specific initiatives to meet each territory’s unique challenges.

This strategy acknowledges that adaptation efforts link to and complement climate change mitigation measures such as energy efficiency and clean energy sourcing. We recognize that climate change adaptation actions must be taken in addition to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.

What is adaptation?

Adaptation means accepting that climate change is happening and taking action to prevent or reduce potential harm while building on new opportunities. To be effective, adaptation requires governments to assess vulnerabilities and manage risks to ensure that Northern infrastructure, economies, ecosystems and cultures are resilient to future changes.

 
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