How will the Barents area respond to a warmer climate? A recently released overview report about the adaptive capacity of the Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish and Russian Arctic highlights how adaptation in the region is greatly affected by social, economic, political and cultural factors. It also shows that a complex web of drivers of change – from nature, economics and government – directly affect local communities.
“One way to better understand the potential challenges and opportunities ahead is to create spaces for discussing potential futures and what these would entail at the local level,” says MASD researcher Dr. Annika E. Nilsson at Stockholm Environment Institute, who has lead work on two of the chapters in the scientific report that will be released later this spring. Such an exercise was carried out in Pajala two years ago in workshop organized by MASD and the results from this workshop and several other similar workshops are included in the report.
A large number of MASD researchers have also contributed to a chapter that describes the region, with Professor Carina Keskitalo (Umeå University), scientific director of MASD, as a coordinating lead author.
The report is the result of a four-year Arctic Council project and is produced by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme. It is available on-line at http://www.amap.no/documents/doc/Adaptation-Actions-for-a-Changing-Arctic-AACA-Barents-Area-Overview-report/1529
The conclusions and recommendations of these assessments will be presented to the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska on 11 May 2017.