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.