Climate change representatives from each of Canada’s territories attended COP 20, the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Lima, Peru Dec 1-12, 2014. COP 20 was an important step towards a global climate change agreement that will be finalized at next year’s conference in Paris, France. The three territories make up the Pan-Territorial Adaptation Partnership (PTAP).
The PTAP representatives collaborated with members of the Canadian team as well as with provincial climate change representatives to ensure northern issues were raised and heard at this significant event. Indigenous and traditional knowledge was addressed at this forum, in addition to issues around black carbon, methane, permafrost thaw, and glacial and sea ice depletion in the Canadian Arctic.
Left to Right: Colleen Healey (Government of Nunavut), Rebecca World (Yukon Government), Jim Sparling (Government of NWT).