In general the work plan for 2011, he added, related to the major program of reducing green house effects by up to 26 percent until 2020, and the implementation of adaptation activities.
Another big plan for the ministry to carry out in 2011 was to focus on the control of pollution by reducing the polluting burdens caused by 750 companies through stiffening supervision of the enforcement of environmental laws. On the control of environmental destruction, Hatta said that the activities to be implemented are those relating to the reduction of hot spots in eight provinces through preventive measures to avoid forest fires.
The program for recovery of the environmental functions for supporting green economic growth to be carried out in 2011 would be focused on recovering degraded lands in 24 locations and the improvement of regional master plans in 100 districts s and cities in 33 provinces.
In the legal sector, Hatta said, he would focus on the finalization of 13 draft implementing regulations for Law Number 32 Year 2009 on the protection and management of the environment as well as the finalization of the similar regulations for Law Number 18 Year 2008 on waste management. Vermont proposes to support physical, human and cyberinfrastructure improvements in the state’s research infrastructure with a transdiciplinary research theme of adaptation to climate change that integrates the interactions of climate, environment, society and land use policy. Overarching Question: How will the interaction of climate change and land use alter hydrological processes and nutrient transport from the landscape, internal processing and eutrophic state within the lake and what are the implications for adaptive management strategies?
Watershed Processes (Q2): Which alternative stable states can emerge in the watershed and lake resulting from non-linear dynamics of climate drivers, lake basin processes, social behavior, and policy decisions? Integrated Assessment Model (IAM): RACC researchers study the Lake Champlain Basin as a coupled human and natural system with climate-change and human drivers. Members from each team collaborate to create an IAModel for regional management for adaptive capacity.
Members and collaborators will be attending the 2016 Adaptations Canada conference in Ottawa April 12-14. The IPCC is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change, forming the interface between science, policy and global politics. Last week, CCADAPT masters student Dylan Clark along with Keenan Lindell of Arviat led a two week land safety course in Arviat, Nunavut.
To learn more about Anna Bruce and her work, read the interview article entitled How does gender affect vulnerability to climate change?
Members of the IHACC team were in Montreal last week to work on developing a project proposal for phase two of the IHACC project, planning for another five years of work as phase one comes to an end this year. This study systematically identifies, characterizes, and critically evaluates community-level climate change vulnerability assessments published over the last 25 years (n = 274).
Kaitlyn Finner spent the past week in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut sharing the findings of her Masters research with residents of the Labrador community. From May 2013 to May 2014, community members participated in photo card interviews and four sets of food inventories to assist the research team in characterizing Rigolet’s food system. Pamphlets describing the project and its findings were shared with all households in the community and an open house was held on February 25th. It is increasingly evident that adaptation will figure prominently in the post-2015 United Nations climate change agreement1, 2. McGill University graduate student Dylan Clark, through his research, discovered a very interesting connection between search and rescue events in Nunavut and temperature. 23-year-old masters student Dylan Clark has been studying the connection between Nunavut’s changing weather and search and rescue events in Nunavut. This is only just the beginning for Clark, who looks towards a future where drones may be used for SAR missions. To learn more about this, read the article entitled Researcher links Nunavut SAR events with mild weather here. The impact of climate change on Arctic communities is so great that it limits their ability to adapt, or at least that’s what has long been assumed. To read the piece, entitled Arctic Communities Turn Challenges Brought On By Climate Changes Into Advantages, click here.
Featured on Adjacent Government, Ashlee Cunsolo Willox and Anna Bruce present a new piece on gendered dimensions of climate change and mental health.
To read the piece, entitled The gender dimensions of climate change and mental health, click here for the pdf or here to go to the website. Dylan Clark, CCARG Masters Candidate, recently received a grant from the Government of Nunavut Department of Health to run an intervention informed by his research in the territory.


The project will include a series of classes where elders and active hunters will prepare a group of youth for a hunting trip and discuss safety on the land. Over the past year, Dylan has been working in Nunavut communities studying the impacts of climate change and social processes in the Nunavut on search and rescue and land safety. Food insecurity is widely reported to be at a crisis level in the Inuit territory of Nunavut, Canada.
The Climate Change Adaptation Research Group is based in the department of geography at McGill University. Adaptation to Climate Change: From Resilience to Transformation, by Mark Pelling (2011, Routledge).
The State EPSCoR Committee selected this theme as having the best potential too improve the future R&D competitiveness of the jurisdiction because it builds on core strengths and aligns with national and state priorities. This question springs very directly from lessons learned by CSYS modelers of the Lake Champlain watershed data. The novel and potentially transformational methodology in this work is the use of complex systems tools across all spheres, from the research on the Lake and working landscape of the watershed to the policies for management of the Basin. This model’s general applicability to ecosystem service assessment will be tested with collaborators.
Keenan and Dylan developed the course to help engage youth in the community in land activities and safe practices on the land.
Team members from Canada, Uganda and South Africa were at the table at the McGill Faculty Club in this first meeting of the proposal development stage, including Dr. We find that while the field has advanced considerably in terms of conceptual framing and methodological approaches, key shortcomings remain in how vulnerability is being studied at the community-level. Despite stormy weather over 50 residents stopped by for a bowl of soup, and to hear more and discuss the project! As adaptation obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change evolve, more rigorous approaches to measuring adaptation progress among parties will be critical. Seeing how search and rescue events have more than doubled since 2006, Clark was interested to find certain triggers for SAR missions. But according to a recent study in Nature Climate Change, it’s non-climatic factors that obstruct adaptation.
Youth will be selected from the Arviat Film Society given their expertise in cinematography, as well as from the Arviat Young Hunters Program.
One of the key findings from his research, and echoed in other studies, is that youth are among the most vulnerable to land injuries due to lack of experience on the land, decision making of the age group, and limited avenues to learn safety practices. Various policies, programs, and initiatives have been proposed to tackle the problem, with increasing interest in developing a system of country food markets (CFMs) similar to Greenland. Led by Dr James Ford, the group’s research takes place at the interface between science and policy, with a strong focus on climate change vulnerability and adaptation research in general and among Indigenous populations in particular, stakeholder engagement for adaptation planning, novel approaches for tracking adaptation at global to regional levels, and knowledge synthesis.
We propose to create a center for Research on Adaptation to Climate Change (RACC) that supports transdisciplinary studies with complex systems modeling incorporated throughout.
Adaptive management on a local scale will be addressed through scenario testing and complex systems modeling, in particular agent-based models of policy actors. In this effort, social and natural scientists work with stakeholders in hypothesis-driven research to create ecosystem scenarios and an Integrated Assessment Model (IAModel) for basin management – a need recognized in regional and national studies and specifically requested by our local and regional stakeholders.
To improve existing data sets for use in all three questions and the IAModel, we collect higher spatial and temporal resolution data on nutrient loading in the watershed and Lake through a series of novel under-ice sensors, instrumented moorings and watershed sensors.
In this Perspective, we analyse how indigenous content is covered and framed in the Working Group II (WGII) portion of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5).
IHACC member, Sarah Macvicar, also played a role through teaching wilderness first aid and helping to organizing day trips.
In this Letter we elaborate on an emerging area of research referred to as ‘adaptation tracking’, which has potential to inform development of a global adaptation monitoring framework3. Priority be given to youth that have not had many opportunities to participate in harvesting activities. We examine if CFMs offer a feasible, sustainable, and effective model for strengthening food systems in Nunavut, examining the model of Greenland and drawing on semi-structured interviews with key informants (n=45).


He argues that as adaptation discourses begin to emerge worldwide, they can either challenge or further entrench development inequalities and failures. Application of genetic algorithms, artificial neural networks, and agent based modeling allow us to address the nonlinear dynamics of and identify emergent properties in a complex system like the Lake Champlain Basin among its many non-linear drivers and actors. This question broadens current research on the Lake Champlain Basin, by focusing on coupled human and natural system aspects. We will work closely with our stakeholders and use mediated modeling, participatory planning and consensus building to understand the processes of policy implementation and the attitudes of the public and managers toward climate change and to steer the watershed governance toward proactive adaptive management interventions for sustaining high-valued alternate stable states in the lake. We collaborate with climate change researchers to test the extensibility of our complex systems models by carrying out a comparative analysis of modeling approaches including the IAModel.
We find that although there is reference to indigenous content in WGII, which increased from the Fourth Assessment Report, the coverage is general in scope and limited in length, there is little critical engagement with indigenous knowledge systems, and the historical and contextual complexities of indigenous experiences are largely overlooked.
Addressing these research needs is necessary for generating knowledge that supports climate-affected communities in navigating the challenges and opportunities ahead. We evaluate this potential by presenting evidence on policy change for 41 high-income countries between 2010 and 2014.
The project will culminate with one or two land trips (based on current caribou or seal harvesting locations). The Greenland experience indicates that CFMs can provide access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food on a regular basis, and can diversify locally available foods. The book shows that it is not enough to adapt to the consequences of climate change; the root causes of vulnerability must addressed, including approaches to development and the underlying factors that contribute to climate change.
Research on both questions 1 and 2 utilizes the information flowing from the CSYS group on new computational tools, best temporal and spatial sampling regimes, uncertainties, scale dependencies, and gaps in data sets. The development of culturally relevant and appropriate adaptation policies requires more robust, nuanced and appropriate inclusion and framing of indigenous issues in future assessment reports, and we outline how this can be achieved. We examine whether countries that were in early stages of adaptation planning in 2010 are making progress to close adaptation gaps, and how the landscape of adaptation in these countries has evolved. The trip will provide an opportunity for the youth to learn from their mentors, and for the youth to film their experience on the land. These benefits are transferable to Nunavut, although knowledge gaps, regulatory and institutional conditions, and concerns over how CFMs might affect the cultural basis of food systems, underlies apprehension over their development in the territory. In reading this book, one realizes that accommodating risk is itself a risky approach to adaptation.
In total we find an 87% increase in reported adaptation policies and measures, and evidence that implementation of concrete adaptation initiatives is growing.
Footage will be edited and produced into documentary form by the Arviat Film Society so that their experience and learning can be shared with other communities. We conclude that Nunavut is not currently in the position to develop CFMs, but the role of such markets in potentially strengthening food systems should not be discounted.
Pelling makes it clear that the biggest adaptation that society can make is to transform the systems and structures that are contributing to climate change vulnerability in the first place.
Reflecting on the strengths and challenges of this early methodology, we further discuss how adaptation tracking practices could guide development of a robust framework for monitoring global adaptation progress and inform future research on policy change across countries. Future development would need to solicit community input on CFMs, resolve regulatory issues around wildlife management and harvesting, and study how future risks would affect sustainability and effectiveness. Canadian team members will soon head to Peru to meet with the team there and work on finalizing the proposal later this spring. Keep an eye out for more news on plans for phase two of the project as the team continues to build the proposal.




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