Based on the workshop discussion, the following key conclusions can be drawn:

  • A resilience framework offers a useful analytical tool for risk analyses of potential thresholds that can result in abrupt and at times irreversible changes in the Arctic at local, regional, and pan-arctic scales.
  • A resilience assessment can further contribute to preparing Arctic communities for change by analysing capacities to adapt and transform in the face of change.
  • There are many related activities, as well as relevant expertise and data in the scientific community and within the Arctic Council to which a resilience assessment should connect.
  • A resilience assessment should integrate expertise from different knowledge traditions, including indigenous traditional knowledge.
  • The concepts, methodology and process of a resilience assessment need to be clearly linked to the needs of people living in the Arctic.
  • A resilience assessment should include dialogue with decision making fora throughout the project.

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