Climate Change

Northern ecosystems play an important role in mitigating the impacts of climate change. When we protect these ecosystems, we protect the carbon they store and give our land, water, wildlife – and ourselves – a better chance to adapt to our ever-changing climate.

Photo: Small, unnamed lake in NWT is compromised by permafrost melt. (Scott Zolkos, University of Alberta/NTGS)


One of the pillars of the Northwest Territories Climate Change Strategic Framework is "Climate Change Resiliency & Adaptation".  As the Northwest Territory's Climate Change Resiliency & Adaptation factsheet states:                            
"Parts of the NWT are warming up to four times faster than global averages andexperiencing considerable changes to the natural environment. This intense warming means climate change impacts are being felt more strongly and more rapidly in the NWT." 1

In the Northwest Territories (NWT) we have a tremendous opportunity and responsibility to mitigate climate change impacts. This can be done by strategizing how we plan for conservation.  Protected natural areas are a core element of a conservation plan, when we connect large protected areas in a network where carefully planned areas of well-managed and sustainable resource developments occur we give our ecosystems, species and ourselves the best opportunity to adapt to climate change. 


1. Northwest Territories Department of Environment & Natural Resources. Northwest Territories Climate Change Resiliency & Adaptation Factsheet. 2016,

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