II. The power of knowledge
Science is not complete until it is communicated to decision makers, stakeholders, peers and the general public. Scientists are increasingly aware of the importance of communicating crucial facts, and policy and business are looking towards science for answers. At the same time, scientific findings and expert opinions are being questioned and devalued in political arenas around the world. The discussion on the Arctic often manifests itself as a polarised conflict between protection on the one side, and exploitation of natural resources on the other. How may scientific knowledge and facts contribute to a more balanced debate in this picture?
Education is crucial for the future viability of Arctic communities. Arctic states need to invest sufficiently in basic educational infrastructure and technology for their northern communities. Education across the Arctic faces common challenges that differ from those facing southerners. Are transnational Arctic educational initiatives, like the University of the Arctic, a solution? What can we learn from such initiatives? Moreover, traditional knowledge is key in the Arctic. Securing this knowledge for the next generation and creating new ways of transmitting this knowledge are important tasks. To what extent is traditional knowledge included and used in Pan-Arctic cooperation?
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