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Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic: Arctic Frontiers side-event

News   •   Dec 04, 2015 11:11 CET

Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic

The side-event Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic is arranged at UiT The Arctic University of Norway during Arctic Frontiers 2016. The event is organised by AMAP (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program), an Arctic Council Working Group. The contact person in AMAP is Jon L. Fuglestad.

Arctic warming is affecting the sea ice, snow cover, permafrost, weather patterns, and the resource base. These changes will have consequences for the people living in the Arctic, for business development and Arctic ecosystems. The business sector and decision makers have important roles in contributing to adaptation and building resilience. This side event will convene the Arctic business community, local and regional planners in a dialogue on adaptation actions in the extended Barents region.

All stakeholders with an interest in the Arctic are responsible for the stewardship of a region undergoing dramatic environmental, social and economic changes. The implications of these changes demand a holistic view on how the businesses and decision makers at all levels respond to future challenges and opportunities in the region and how those responses can ensure stewardship. Science and knowledge developments increasingly need to be responsive to complex decision-making issues, to close knowledge gaps and improve projection capabilities.

To enable more informed, timely and responsive decision making in a rapidly changing Arctic, the Arctic Council initiated the flagship project Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic (AACA). In this project, experts explore the future life, politics, resources and environmental challenges of three Arctic regions. The aim is to broaden the understanding and knowledge base on key issues relevant to people living in the Arctic, businesses and Arctic ecosystems, as well as identifying critical knowledge gaps and ways forward in bridging the science-policy interface.

This side event will present Barents-specific findings from the project, including a spectrum of possible futures based on driving forces and key questions. Our focus will be on engaging businesses, decision-makers and planners in discussions on challenges that may shape future industrial and societal developments, and how managing change can support long-term adaptive capacity. Moderated discussions based on the introductory talks will address a set of questions, e.g.:

  • How do we plan for the future? Is our knowledge base good enough?
  • What are most challenging in terms of adaptation in the Arctic for activities such as oil and gas, mining, shipping and infrastructure, fisheries, tourism, aquaculture and agriculture?
  • What are the implications for businesses and planners with respect to developing adaptation strategies, tools and options?
  • What strategies exist and what processes are needed for supporting future adaptation action? 

Photo: © B&C Alexander / ArcticPhoto.

You can register for this side-event in the Arctic Frontiers registration system on

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