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    Climate Change and Arctic Sustainable Development
       


    Venue
    3-6 March 2009
    Monte Carlo, Monaco

     

    Climate Change and
    Arctic Sustainable Development:

    scientific, social, cultural
    and educational challenges

    International Experts Meeting
    3-6 March 2009, Monaco

    Climate change is accelerating the transformation of environmental, social and cultural landscapes across the Arctic and Subarctic. These alterations, including their global impact, have yet to be comprehensively evaluated and monitored. To address this challenge, a coordinated effort is required that brings together relevant natural and social science expertise, cultural and educational perspectives, as well as appropriate ethical frameworks.

    To this end, UNESCO organised an international experts meeting on climate change and sustainable development in the Arctic, which was held in Monaco from 3-6 March 2009. H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco provided his support for the meeting, hosting and opening the event, alongside the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koichiro Matsuura. Mr Achim Seiner, Executive Secretary of UNEP, also addressed the experts group.

    The expert meeting had a twofold objective: first, to provide a broad overview of changes due to global warming that are anticipated across the circumpolar North and to investigate ways that they be monitored; and second, to assess the scientific, social, cultural and educational challenges that must be met to ensure the region’s sustainable development within a global context.

    Report and recommendations | Russian version
    Meeting concept and background
    Agenda


    News on the event
    13/03/09: Confronting Climate Change in the Arctic
    03/03/09: Speech by Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, at the UNESCO's International Experts Meeting
    03/03/09: Opening Speech by Professor Jean Malaurie, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in charge of arctic polar issues 
    25/02/09: UNESCO experts meeting in Monaco on climate change and Arctic sustainable development

     

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    Keynotes

    Rosenberg, Stein
    Sustainable Development Working Group, Arctic Council; Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    The work of the Arctic Council

    Stroeve, Julienne
    National Snow and Ice Data Center, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado
    Overview of Changes in the Arctic Sea Ice Cover
    [Abstract PDF.] [Presentation PDF.]

    Petersen, Aevar
    Incoming Chair of the CAFF Arctic Council Working Group, Iceland
    Arctic biodiversity and ecosystem services: How the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) program can help

    [Abstract PDF.] [Presentation PDF.]

    Lynge, Aqqaluk
    President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, Greenland
    Facing the impact of global climate change: Recommendations from the Arctic’s indigenous peoples

    [Abstract PDF.]

    Treadwell, Mead
    U.S. Arctic Research Commission, marine transportation, civil infrastructure, human health, natural resource development
    Economic development and social transformations: Why the Arctic Matters…

    [Abstract PDF.] [Presentation PDF.]

    Kullerud, Lars
    President of the University of the Arctic
    Education for Arctic Sustainable Development

    [Abstract PDF.] [Presentation PDF.]

    Hattingh, Johan
    Professor of Philosophy at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, member of UNESCO COMEST
    Sustainable development of the Arctic: A view from environmental ethics

    [Abstract PDF.] [Presentation PDF.]

    Larsen, Joan Nymand
    Stefansson Arctic Institute, Iceland, president of International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA)
    Arctic Monitoring Systems

    [Abstract PDF.] [Presentation PDF.]

     

    Ice, ocean and atmosphere

    Frolov, Alexander
    Deputy Head of Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (ROSHYDROMET), Russian Federation
    Climate change: Consequences for the Arctic physical environment

    [Abstract PDF.] [Presentation PDF.]

    Gascard, Jean- Claude
    Co-chair of the EU framework project "DAMOCLES", France
    Ice, oceans and atmosphere

    [Abstract PDF.]

    Goodison, Barry
    World Meteorological Organization, Switzerland
    Cryosphere and Climate: The Arctic Challenge

    [Abstract PDF.] [Presentation PDF.]

    Haugan, Peter M
    Director, Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen, Norway
    Observatories for understanding Arctic change

    [Abstract PDF.]

    Itta, Edward S.
    President, Inuit Circumpolar Council, Alaska; Major, North Slope Borough, Alaska
    Concerns of Indigenous People in Response to the Effects of Climate

    [Abstract PDF.]

    Kielsen, Lene Holm
    Director of International Sustainable Development with Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) in Greenland
    Siku-Inuit-Hila, "The Dynamics of Human-Sea Ice Relationships: Comparing Changing Environments in Alaska, Nunavut and Greenland"

    [Abstract PDF.] [Presentation PDF.]

    Yamanouchi, Takashi
    Professor, National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR), Japan
    Arctic Change in the Flow of Global Warming: Need for Long-Term Monitoring Observations

    [Abstract PDF.] [Presentation PDF.]

     

    Biodiversity and ecosystem services

    Apressyan, Ruben
    Professor; Head, Sector of Ethics, Institute of Philosophy, Russia; Member of COMEST UNESCO
    Impending Social Changes in Arctic: Providence, Thoughtfulness, and Shared Responsibility
    [Abstract PDF.]

    Crump, John
    Acting Manager, Polar Unit, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
    Sustainable Development or Sustaining Development? Arctic governance in a changing climate

    [Abstract PDF.] [Presentation PDF.]

    Gill, Mike
    Chair, Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program, Environment Canada
    Coordinating for Arctic Conservation: Towards Integrated Arctic Biodiversity Monitoring and Reporting

    [Abstract PDF.] [Presentation PDF.]

    Huntington, Henry
    Huntington Consulting, specialising in Arctic research and related activities, Alaska USA
    Connections between Arctic Peoples and Their Environment

    [Abstract PDF.] [Presentation PDF.]

    Koeck Günter
    Executive Secretary, Austrian MAB National Committee, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria
    Fish from sensitive ecosystems as bioindicators of global climate change (High-Arctic 1997-2009)

    [Abstract PDF.] [Presentation PDF.]

    Laine, Kari
    Director, Thule Institute, University of Oulu, Finland
    Northern Long-term Socio-ecological Research Platform (Northern LTSER Platform) cooperation in Finland: possibilities and challenges for long-term socio-ecological research

    [Abstract PDF.]

    Metcalf, Vera
    Eskimo Walrus Commission, Kawerak, Inc., Nome, Alaska
    Sustaining a Healthy Human-Walrus Relationship

    [Abstract PDF.]

    Minaeva, Tatiana
    Arctic Senior Technical Officer, Wetlands International, Russia
    Wetlands - key Arctic ecosystems: vulnerability to climate change and adaptation options

    [Abstract PDF.] [Biodiversity presentation PDF.] [Wetlands presentation PDF.]

    Retter, Gunn-Britt
    Head of the Arctic and Environmental Unit of the Saami Council, Norway
    Biodiversity and ecosystem services

    [Abstract PDF.]

     

    Circumpolar indigenous peoples and intangible cultural heritage

    Abryutina, Larisa
    Vice-president, Russian Association of the Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON), Russia
    Indigenous people of the Russian North and social and climate changes

    [Abstract PDF.] [Presentation PDF.]

    Baer, Lars-Anders
    President of the Sami Parliament in Sweden; Member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
    Circumpolar indigenous peoples, culture heritage, and development with identity

    [Abstract PDF.] [Presentation PDF.]

    Lebedeva, Anastassia
    Scientific Research Institute of the national schools in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
    The role of nomadic schools in the revival and preservation of the cultural heritage of indigenous peoples of the North and the Arctic

    [Abstract PDF.] [Presentation PDF.]

    McClintock, Sharon
    President/Alaska Native Claims Land Specialist for McClintock Land Associates, Inc., USA
    Indigenous land claims in Alaska
    [Abstract PDF.]
    [Presentation PDF.]

    Motzfeldt, Jonathan
    Former president of the Greenland Assembly, former prime minister of Greenland
    Sustainable Development of the Arctic in the face of Global Climate Change seen from a Greenlandic viewpoint

    [Abstract PDF.]

    Näkkäläjärvi, Klemetti
    President, Finnish Saami Parliament, Finland
    The effects of climate change and international politics on indigenous cultures

    [Abstract PDF.]

    Parkinson, Alan
    Deputy Director, Arctic Investigations Program Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA
    Climate Change, Human Health and Sustainable Development in the Arctic

    [Abstract PDF.] [Presentation PDF.]

    Smith, Duane
    Inuit Circumpolar Council, Canada
    The Sea Ice is Our Highway: The Importance of Sea Ice to the Inuit Way of Life

    [Abstract PDF.] [Presentation PDF.]

    Southcott, Chris
    Research Outreach Program Team (MIMIR), University of the Arctic, Canada
    Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Canada’s Northern Communities

    [Abstract PDF.] [Presentation PDF.]

    Tollemache, Nadja
    COMEST member, New Zealand
    The concept of sustainability

     

    Economic development and social transformations

    Andreassen, Ann
    Director of the National School of Special Education, Ummannaq, Greenland
    On Thin Ice

    [Abstract PDF.]

    Barr, Susan
    Senior Advisor (polar), Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage, Norway
    Protecting cultural heritage and community roots

    [Abstract PDF.] [Presentation PDF.]

    Funston, Bernard
    Executive Secretary to the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group
    Sustainable Development of the Arctic: the Challenges of Reconciling Homeland, Laboratory, Frontier and Wilderness
    [Abstract PDF.]

    Kelman, Ilan
    Senior Research Fellow, CICERO (Center for International Climate and Environmental Research) Oslo, Norway
    Ethical Livelihoods
    [Abstract PDF.]

    Pavlenko, Vladimir
    Director, Arctic Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Science, member of the International Arctic Scientific Committee (IASC) and European Polar Board (EPB), Russia
    Economic development in the Russian Arctic

    Pelyasov, Alexander
    Director of the Center for Arctic and Northern economies, Council for Research for Productive Forces, Moscow, Russia
    Arctic in the New Creative age (Arctic dimension of the knowledge economy)

    [Abstract PDF.] [Presentation PDF.]

    Rogne, Odd
    Senior Advisor to Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme) & the International Programme Office for the International Polar Year), Norway
    The Need for Arctic Data (Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks - SAON)

    [Abstract PDF.]

    Thomsen, Marianne Lykke
    Senior Policy Advisor, Dept. of Foreign Affairs Greenland Home Rule Government
    Sustainable Development of the Arctic in the face of Global Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities in the case of Greenland.

    [Abstract PDF.]


     


     



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