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Whitehorse Climate Change Adaptation Plan

Ryan Hennessey, Whitehorse Adaptation Project Team, and John Streicker
Created: 5/12/2011 - Updated: 3/12/2019

Abstract

Climate has been changing in Whitehorse. It is clear from weather data going back to the 1940s that temperature has been warming, especially in winters. Spring break up has been arriving earlier, freeze up later and frost free days have been increasing. The Whitehorse Community Adaptation Project, or WhiteCAP, funded by the Northern Strategy Trust, begins the process of preparing Whitehorse for climate change. WhiteCAP consists of two distinct phases: planning and implementation. The WhiteCAP plan assesses how climate change may positively or negatively affect the community over the next forty years, to 2050. The first half of the planning process focuses on exploring multiple scenarios of how the community may change by 2050, and is presented in the companion document for this plan: Future Histories of Whitehorse: Scenarios of Change. The second half of the planning process assesses the risks of climate change impacts and then the priorities of climate change adaptations. Portions of the plan have been implemented in the second year of the WhiteCAP project.

Published On

Friday, May 13, 2011

Keywords

Scale: 
Community / Local
Sector Addressed: 
Policy
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Air temperature
Precipitation
Snowpack
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Increase / Improve public awareness, education, and outreach efforts
Create stakeholder engagement processes to develop and implement adaptation strategies
Conduct scenario planning exercise
Governance and Policy
Develop / implement adaptation plans
Climate Type: 
Subpolar

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Whitehorse Community Climate Change Adaptation Plan

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Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Policy
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Summary: 

Whitehorse is the largest community in Canada’s Yukon Territory. It was selected by the Northern Climate ExChange (NCE) to be one of three communities in the Yukon Territory given funding to develop a climate change adaptation plan. The first version of the Whitehorse Community Climate Change Adaptation Plan (WhiteCAP) was completed in September 2010.