Adaptation to Climate Change

To strengthen the work of the Council by reducing vulnerability and implementing adaptation initiatives related to climate change in the Arctic, including practical community-based actions.

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    SDWG Project Proposal - Advancing Arctic Resilience: Exploring aspects of Arctic Resilience connected to the impacts of permafrost thaw
    (2021-11-02) SDWG
    This project will deliver community guidance derived from a Permanent Participant-led tabletop exercise on addressing the impacts of thawing permafrost (Spring, 2022); it will provide a roadmap for developing resilience indicators and monitoring systems useful to Arctic societies (Spring 2022); and it will deliver a summary report from the 3rd Arctic Resilience Forum (ARF), to take place in October of 2022. The tabletop exercise, conducted in collaboration with EPPR, will be patterned after the One Arctic, One Health tabletop exercises from 2017 and 2018. The resilience indicators project will build on past and current work underway within SDWG, CAFF, and AMAP to better understand and measure resilience and the many impacts of permafrost thaw. Both projects will be featured among the sessions of ARF2022. This full suite of work follows directly upon the Arctic Resilience Action Framework, approved by the Arctic Council in 2017, and is organized and led by the team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous experts who participated in the 10-week Arctic Resilience Forum in fall, 2020.
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    Arctic Resilience Forum 2020
    (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2021-05-20) SDWG
    The ARF2020 was a series of interactive virtual events over the course of ten weeks. Each session addressed a thematic area of concern and included speakers and participants from across the Arctic.
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    “If we lose the Arctic, we lose the world” Report of the 1st Arctic Resilience Forum 10-11 September 2018 in Rovaniemi, Finland
    (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-05) Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG)
    The 1st Arctic Resilience Forum, which was organized 10-11 September 2018 in Rovaniemi, Finland, helped to form a better understanding of the opportunities for cooperation connected to Arctic resilience. The Forum showcased concrete good practices in the region with a focus on encouraging mutual learning and inspiring concrete, accelerated actions for strengthening climate resilience in the Arctic.
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    Arctic Resilience Action Framework (ARAF) 2017 – 2019 Implementation Project Final Project Report
    (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-05) Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG)
    The Arctic is warming shockingly fast, twice as fast at the rest of the planet, and this warming is bringing dramatic transformation around the circumpolar region. Arctic communities are adapting where possible, but the rate of change and the threat of unexpected surprises or unforeseen thresholds of change pose unprecedented challenges, even for the Indigenous people of the North who have weathered change in the region over many centuries. The same is true of the ecosystems upon which the Arctic communities depend for their livelihoods, and these linked systems, known as social- ecological systems, are extremely vulnerable during this time of transformation.
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    Report of the 1st Arctic Resilience Forum 10-11 September 2018 in Rovaniemi, Finland
    (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-03) Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG)
    The 1st Arctic Resilience Forum, which was organized 10-11 September 2018 in Rovaniemi, Finland, helped to form a better understanding of the opportunities for cooperation connected to Arctic resilience. The Forum showcased concrete good practices in the region with a focus on encouraging mutual learning and inspiring concrete, accelerated actions for strengthening climate resilience in the Arctic.