Pan-Territorial Permafrost Workshop to be held in Yellowknife

November 4, 2013
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Yellowknife (November 4, 2013) – Decision-makers from all three territories will meet with permafrost researchers and other experts in Yellowknife on November 5-7 to share knowledge, network and explore ways to deal with climate change impacts on permafrost in Canada’s North.

The main goal of the Pan-Territorial Permafrost Workshop is to improve peoples’ understanding of permafrost in Northern communities and ensure their research and infrastructure needs are being met.

Northern cultural sites, community and industry infrastructure, including roads, buildings, coastlines, mining camps, solid waste sites and pipelines are already being compromised by thawing permafrost.  These impacts are expected to grow in number and severity in the future. 

Presentations and discussions during the workshop will help identify common and unique challenges as well as actions for dealing with current and projected impacts of thawing permafrost on northern communities and infrastructure. Workshop proceedings will be available via a live webcast.

The event is co-sponsored by the Governments of the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut. Financial support is being provided by the Aboriginal and Northern Development Canada Climate Change Adaptation Program and the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.

Visit www.permafrostworkshop2013.ca for detailed information on the Pan-Territorial Permafrost Workshop.  For more information about climate change adaptation, permafrost and impacts on Northern communities consult the Pan-Territorial Adaptation Strategy on-line at www.anorthernvision.ca.

For more information:

Judy McLinton
Public Affairs and Communications
Environment and Natural Resources
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel:  (867) 873-77379
Email: judy_mclinton@gov.nt.ca

Nancy Campbell
Environment Yukon Communications
Tel: (867) 456-6794
Email: nancy.campbell@gov.yk.ca

Tyler Ross
Department of Environment, Communications
Government of Nunavut
Tel:  867-975-7720
Email:  tross1@gov.nu.ca