Dawson Climate Change Adaptation Plan

Ryan Hennessey, Sebastian Jones, Frank Duerden, and Stephen Swales
Created: 11/30/2009 -


The Dawson Adaptation Plan is based on a collaborative process that draws on the experience and knowledge of residents and integrates it with scientific expertise. The plan is primarily intended as a resource for community use and to support other planning and decision-making processes in the study area, the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Traditional Territory. The Dawson Adaptation project team itself is made up by members of the International Polar Year Dawson Community Adaptation and Vulnerability in Arctic Regions (CAVIAR) team, and the Northern Climate ExChange (NCE).

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Established in 2000, the Northern Climate ExChange (NCE) focuses on the study of climate change in Yukon by (1) promoting and coordinating research on impacts and adaptations, including risk and vulnerability assessments, (2) coordinating the exchange of scientific and local knowledge and expertise, and (3) providing mainstreaming and decision-making support, policy alternatives, and climate change education for a wide range of partners and audiences.


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Community / Local
Tribal / First Nation
Sector Addressed
Development (socioeconomic)
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Capacity Building
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Air temperature
Culture / communities
Water temperature
Sociopolitical Setting

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