The Government of the Northwest Territories will be receiving funding for climate change projects.
Nearly $2 million will be spread out over four years. The funding will come from the Federal Government’s Climate Change Preparedness in the North Program. It will support 13 GNWT climate change projects. According to the GNWT, those programs are:
- Climate adaptation staff capacity
- Geo-spatial informational resources
- Risk assessment and planning for arthropod-borne zoonoses
- Permafrost terrain maps
- Community engagement for the design of the conservation network
- Community wildland fire protection
- Community permafrost mapping (2 projects)
- Pile foundations inventory assessment
- Inventory and risk assessment of caribou and sheep fence archaeological sites
- NWT emergency planning implementation
- Emergency evacuation plans for healthcare facilities
- FireSmarting territorial parks
Minister of Environment and Natural Resources for the Government of the Northwest Territories, Robert C. McLeod, says the funding can help in terms of preparedness.
“As the northern climate continues to change, plans and operations need to be adjusted to deal with a range of possible future conditions and unanticipated events, including impacts on infrastructure, ecosystems, traditional livelihoods, human health and safety, and culture and heritage.”
The total CCPN program budget is $21.78 million over five years. The goal is to help Indigenous and northern communities adapt to a changing climate.