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Nunavut Climate Change Strategy

Created: 12/21/2010 - Updated: 5/08/2019

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Summary

Nunavut has already experienced a number of climate change impacts, including loss of sea ice, permafrost, and habitat for key species. The Nunavut Department of the Environment developed a climate change strategy to address and prepare the province for future climate change.

Background

Local observations and traditional knowledge from indigenous communities around the territory of Nunavut are demonstrating that the region is already experiencing a number of climate change impacts. Communities are experiencing dramatic sea ice loss, shifting habitats for the territory’s most iconic species, and increasing temperatures. These impacts are having a huge effect on the territory’s economy and culture, particularly the region’s indigenous culture. To prepare the territory for the impacts of climate change, the Government of Nunavut identified three key priorities to make the region more resilient: increasing the climate change knowledge of the province, building the capacity for adaptation action, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Implementation

The Nunavut Climate Change Strategy, created by the Department of the Environment, creates a framework for action and outlines measures and goals, but is not an implementation plan. The strategy outlines goals to be achieved during a ten-year timeframe ending in 2013. The strategy mandates the Department of the Environment to enact a monitoring plan to track the impacts of climate change on the territory and develop strategies and materials to communicate those impacts. The strategy also outlines extensive outreach objectives for the territory aiming to increase awareness. To advance knowledge of impacts and possible adaptation strategies, the strategy calls for Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, or sharing of Inuit traditional knowledge, and Pillimmaksaniq, or community involvement. 

Outcomes and Conclusions

The strategy developed by the Government of Nunavut was an extremely helpful and informative process for the region. It helped outline priorities for the government and public and spurred a number of local community adaptation projects.

Status

Information collected from online resources. Updated 12/21/10

Citation

Hitt, J. (2010). Nunavut Climate Change Strategy [Case study on a project of the Nunavut Department of Environment]. Product of EcoAdapt's State of Adaptation Program. Retrieved from CAKE: http://www.cakex.org/case-studies/nunavut-climate-change-strategy (Last updated December 2010)

Keywords

Scale of Project: 
Community / Local
State / Provincial
Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration
Fisheries
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Transportation / Infrastructure
Water Resources
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Air temperature
Culture / communities
Erosion
Infrastructure damage
Sea level rise
Species of concern
Water quality
Water temperature
Climate Type: 
Polar
Timeframe: 
5-10 years
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Reduce non-climate stressors
Capacity Building
Design or reform institutions
Create new institutions
Increase organizational capacity
Coordinate planning and management
Increase / Improve public awareness, education, and outreach efforts
Host adaptation training or planning workshop
Monitor climate change impacts and adaptation efficacy
Sociopolitical Setting: 
Rural
Suburban
Effort Stage: 
In progress

Related Resources

Sector Addressed: 
Land Use Planning
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Wildlife

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