Knowledge is essential for people living and operating in the Arctic. As scientific knowledge has expanded and become widely available, it plays a central role in our stewardship of the region.
Arctic countries, communities and businesses aspire to have knowledge-driven policies and strategies to guide the sustainable development of the Arctic.
At Arctic Frontiers 2020, knowledge – our most valuable resource – will be in focus. We will examine climate change and the oceans in the Arctic, ask about the resilience and adaptability of communities in the region, and discuss best practices for business, technology, and policy development. We will also explore how our current knowledge shape the ways we cooperate and how political stability and sustainability can be maintained in the North.
Welcome to Arctic Frontiers 2020 – The Power of Knowledge.
Session 1 The State of the Arctic
Arctic relations have been characterized by shared interests and a commitment to governing the region peaceful and jointly across borders. International institutions – the Arctic Council and many others – have been central in maintaining this and have enhanced our understanding of the Arctic. Is the situation changing? What is the current state of international cooperation in the Arctic? Do Arctic governments act on the knowledge and recommendations produced within international scientific bodies such as the IPCC and IPBES? As we enter the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, how can engagement of global institutions complement regional collaboration?
Session 2 Powered by knowledge
Sustainable development in the Arctic requires extensive knowledge and understanding of the region. How can science and technological advances the green transition and sustainable development of the region? What role does science play in economic development? How do we ensure co-production of knowledge, and inclusion of indigenous and local knowledge into decision-making processes? Interest in the Arctic is growing, and with it the research activity and output. Are these research activities fit-for-purpose? Do they provide the policy community with input relevant and adequate for decision-making?
Session 3 Resilient Arctic communities
Arctic communities are facing challenges posed by economic development, demographic change and a new climate. Are Arctic communities prepared for these changes and how can they adapt? How can new knowledge and communication technologies shape the future? And what are the benefits of combining scientific, local and indigenous knowledge to develop options to mitigate climate change risks and enhance resilience? A pan arctic trend is a shrinking and aging population. How can Arctic communities and workplaces become more competitive and attractive?
Session 4 Sustainable Arctic ocean
The Arctic Ocean and the seas surrounding it are changing. As the sea ice recedes, a new Arctic opens up. This brings challenges and opportunities, such as shifts in the distribution of fish stocks and new sailing routes. The latest IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate highlights the urgency of prioritizing timely, ambitious and coordinated action to address unprecedented and enduring changes in the oceans and cryosphere. How can we ensure the continued value creation from the oceans and at the same time maintain the integrity of marine ecosystems? Do we have the knowledge, regulations, international cooperation, and political will necessary to reconcile use and protection of the Arctic seas?
Session 5 Future Arctic Business
The Arctic contains resources that may provide a growing global population with energy, minerals, proteins and medicines. What are the main business and industry opportunities in the Arctic today? Are the national and international management regimes adequate for industries? New technologies and cross-sector partnerships could lead to significant and sustainable growth. Who will invest in this growth? And how can business development be achieved without adverse impacts on the climate and environment?
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