Arctic Resilience Assessment


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    Arctic Resilience Assessment Synthesis for Arctic Leaders 2017
    (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2017) Stockholm Environment Institute; Stockholm Resilience Centre
    This Synthesis for Arctic Leaders integrates key findings of the scientific assessment, the Arctic Resilience Report. It identifies critical policy-relevant insights, and points to activities already underway that have demonstrated potential for building resilience. The Synthesis is aimed at policymakers and other leaders who are concerned with strengthening people’s capacity to effectively navigate rapid, substantial, and potentially disruptive changes in the Arctic, and to harness change that supports the well-being of northern peoples. It is aimed at the Arctic Council, in its role in identifying common goals and coordinating efforts across the Arctic. It is aimed at national and regional leaders, in their role as stewards of the Arctic and of their citizens’ well-being and initiators of wide-ranging actions. It is aimed at local leaders, whose active engagement is so central to building resilience.
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    Arctic Resilience Report
    (Stockholm Environment Institute and Stockholm Resilience Centre, 2016) Arctic Council; Carson, M.; Peterson, G.
    The Arctic Resilience Assessment (ARA) is an Arctic Council project led by the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Stockholm Resilience Centre. It builds on collaboration with Arctic countries and Indigenous Peoples in the region, as well as several Arctic scientific organizations. The ARA (previously Arctic Resilience Report) was approved as an Arctic Council project at the Senior Arctic Officials meeting in November 2011. The ARA was initiated by the Swedish Ministry of the Environment as a priority for the Swedish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council (May 2011 to May 2013) and is being delivered under the US Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.
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    Arctic Council Resilience Workshop Summary Report: 14 March 2016
    (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2016) Arctic Resilience Assessment Co-chairs
    Summary Report from the Arctic Council Resilience Workshop held March 14, 2016 at the Board of Regents Conference Room, Butrovich Building, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, USA.
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    Summary for policy-makers. Arctic Resilience Interim Report 2013.
    (Stockholm Environment Institute; Stockholm Resilience Centre., 2013) Arctic Council
    Summary for Policymakers based on the Arctic Resilience Report 2013, that was delivered by the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Stockholm Resilience Centre to the Arctic Council's 8th Ministerial Meeting in Kiruna, Sweden, May 15 2013. The full-scale report can be found here:
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    Arctic Resilience. Interim Report 2013.
    (Stockholm Environment Institute; Stockholm Resilience Centre., 2013) Arctic Council
    The Arctic is one of the most rapidly changing regions on the planet. These changes are taking place with striking breadth and diversity, and in ways that fundamentally affect the Arctic’s ecosystems and the lives of its inhabitants. While climate change is the most prominent driver of change, many other environmental changes are taking place alongside rapid social and economic developments. In some contexts, social, political, economic and ecological drivers may be of greater significance than climate change. Social processes driving Arctic change include increasing demand for resources and for transportation, migration, geopolitical changes and globalization. Ecosystem changes include, for example, drawdown of fish resources and degradation of Arctic landscapes. As a result, the Arctic faces multiple and simultaneous social and environmental stressors. An integral part of the assessment is to identify policy and management options. This Arctic Resilience Interim Report 2013 marks the halfway point in a process set in motion at the start of the Swedish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. It aims to better understand the nature of critical thresholds in the Arctic and the sources of resilience in the face of environmental and social pressures, including choices that strengthen capacities to adapt and transform in the face of change. Because local changes are nested in larger-scale processes, it investigates the important interactions across scales. A core goal of this project is to better understand the combined impacts of change in the Arctic, focusing on the risk of large shifts in ecosystems services that affect human well-being. By taking an inter-disciplinary approach and analyzing the dynamics of change, the report generates crucial knowledge to inform decision-making regarding adaptation and transformation. The project has been led by the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Stockholm Resilience Centre in collaboration with the Resilience Alliance. Importantly, the project has built on collaboration with other Arctic states and the indigenous peoples in the region, as well as with several Arctic scientific organizations.