White paper on Arctic stakeholders

April 2nd, 2013 | Posted by Lize-Marié van der Watt in News | Publication

The five projects of the Mistra Arctic Futures in a Global Context programme has submitted a joint white paper, entitled Stakeholder integration: a response to a suggested focus on Arctic residents and monitoring to the forthcoming Arctic Observing Summit 30 April-2 May in Vancouver, Canada.

This paper outlines the diversity of stakeholders that may hold an interest in or be relevant in relation to observation systems, on multiple levels, and thereby attempts to outline the variety in potential groups. While the paper takes local and regional examples mainly from European cases, many of the considerations with relation to diversity will be relevant also in other regions (where also the differences between stakeholder groups such as local and indigenous can potentially be larger). The focus of the paper has been formed largely by the orientations of the Swedish Mistra Arctic Futures programme, and include a broad range of considerations ranging from military and international to local level.

Stakeholder integration on as wide and varying an area as the Arctic, on the topic of monitoring, will include almost all land uses – and uses of sea and sea ice – and the very varying stakeholders in these.

The paper will be presented by Suzanne de la Barre from the project From Resource Hinterland to Global Pleasure Periphery? Time and date are not yet decided.

The AOS is led by the International Study of Arctic Change (ISAC). It is a Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) task and part of the broader SAON implementation process, which is led by the Arctic Council jointly with the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Organizing partners include the United States interagency Study of Environmental Arctic Change Program (SEARCH), the ArcticNet Network of Centres of Excellence Canada (ArcticNet), the European Union Arctic Climate Change Economy and Society project (ACCESS), the International Arctic Research Center (IARC), the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat (SPRS) and International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (EU-INTERACT). Together these groups engage a wide range of national, institutional and research communities to help organize the AOS.

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