Whitehorse Climate Change Adaptation Plan

Whitehorse Adaptation Project Team, John Streicker
Created: 5/12/2011 -


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.

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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
Sector Addressed
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
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
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Air temperature

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