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Pan-Territorial Adaptation Strategy

Strategies for Action

The following six strategies identify actions underway and areas for additional collaboration to address impacts and seize opportunities presented by a changing climate.

  1. Source funding
    Predictable and adequate funding is essential to adapt to a changing climate. Stable, long-term funding for governments and organizations specializing in climate change adaptation work is necessary to effectively address the financial and human capacity and logistical challenges in the North.

    We will:

    • Work to secure effective funding and program partnerships with the federal government for climate change adaptation initiatives, and continue to fund programs and initiatives from territorial government resources.
  2. Collaborate with other governments
    There is a great benefit in collaborating with other governments in Canada and across the circumpolar North to share climate change adaptation knowledge and to develop co-operative activities.

    We will:

    • Establish a formal network of climate change officials in the governments of Yukon, Nunavut and NWT to support collaboration and information-sharing.
    • Continue to build and strengthen partnerships between and among local, territorial, federal and Aboriginal governments and organizations, as well as intergovernmental and circumpolar forums, the private sector and academia.
    • Look to other circumpolar countries for partnerships and best practices, and in turn share what is occurring in the three territories and how we are responding.
  3. Support communities
    Many of the impacts of climate change are experienced locally. Adaptation efforts and support at the community level are integral to the success of our overall strategy.

    We will:

    • Continue to support community efforts in improving resilience to climate change by providing information, training and tools to enable a flexible risk management-based approach to climate change adaptation.
    • Support community-based vulnerability and risk assessments, and adaptation planning.
    • Assist communities to acquire funding and resources needed for effective adaptation.
  4. Integrate adaptation
    Integrating adaptation opportunities into government operations and decision-making will enable governments to be more effective in managing risks to infrastructure, economies, human health and safety, traditional culture and and heritage, and ecosystems.

    We will:

    • Where applicable, integrate climate change considerations into:
      • The development of policies, priorities, and programs.
      • Best practices for the construction and maintenance of buildings and infrastructure to reflect climate change risks.
      • The stewardship of natural resources such as ground and surface water, species at risk and migratory species.
  5. Share knowledge and understanding
    To make informed decisions, governments require access to many streams of knowledge, utilization of diverse and growing sources of data and information, and consideration of local conditions and impacts.

    We will:

    • Work to increase public awareness of the effects of climate change and the importance of adaptation and mitigation activities.
    • Promote and support timely sharing of data and knowledge gained through adaptation research and initiatives with our government and research partners.
    • Host climate change adaptation workshops every two years, in rotation across the North, in order to develop networks and share information about programs, projects and funding opportunities.
  6. Develop and share tools, technology and innovation
    Investments to establish and build on innovative technologies and tools will help us develop effective climate change adaptation responses.

    We will:

    • Continue and expand monitoring and data collection, and collaboration with traditional and community-based knowledge holders.
    • Improve access to projections of future climate change scenarios at the local level.
    • Support efforts by partners to secure investment in climate change adaptation research and development.
    • Encourage investment in and development of adaptation technologies that:
      • Protect and secure water supplies and systems
      • Protect infrastructure
      • Improve search and rescue, emergency planning and disaster management
      • Support traditional economies and culture
 
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