To meet the increasing challenges of rapid environmental and social change in the Arctic, the Arctic Council has initiated the flagship project Adaptation Action for a changing Arctic (AACA). A major task has been to “produce information to assist local decision-makers and stakeholders in three pilot regions in developing adaptation tools and strategies to better deal with climate change and other pertinent environmental stressors.” AACA focused on three pilot sub-regions of the circumpolar north (the Barents area, the Bering-Chukchi-Beaufort region, and the Baffin Bay-Davis Strait region), allowing for a much more detailed analysis of the complexities of climate change impacts and adaptation as they intersect with everyday practices and existing mechanisms for planning and decision-making.  Based on funding from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and project funding from the Mistra Arctic Sustainable Development programme (MASD).

 

SEI researchers have been involved in the Barents report which can be downloaded here.

A summary of the report can be downloaded here.

Nilsson, A. E., Bay-Larsen, I., Carlsen, H., Jylhä, K., van der Watt, L.-M. and van Oort, B. (2017) ‘Future narratives’. Adaptation action for a changing Arctic. Perspectives from the Barents area Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), Oslo, Norway. 109–26.

Nilsson, A. E., Hovelsrud, G. K. and Karlsson, M. (2017) ‘Synthesis’. Adaptation Action for a Changing Arctic Barents regional report Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), Oslo, Norway. 253–66.

Carson, M., Sommerkorn, M., Kløcker Larsen, R., Lawrence, R., Mustonen, T., Strambo, C., Vlasova, T. (2017) A resilience approach to adaptation actions. Adaptation action for a changing Arctic. Perspectives from the Barents area Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), Oslo, Norway. 195–218.

Lake and snowy mountains.

Swedish Lappland. Flickr.