Arctic land use can heat up emotions

Climate change is projected to alter the Arctic more dramatically than any other region in the world. The Arctic today faces extraordinary pressures, with globalization and the climate crisis combining to drive change at an unprecedented rate. The opening up of new economic sectors, including mining and tourism, alongside the industrialization of many traditional livelihoods, such as fishing and forestry, are driving land use conflicts between competing sectors, and producing profound transformations on lives and communities at the economic, socio-cultural, political and environmental levels.

The ArcticHubs project is seeking to resolve conflicts through the use of new adaptive tools and approaches.

The ArcticHubs project is an ambitious, multi-disciplinary international collaboration that aims to develop research-led, practice-based solutions to help address the urgent challenges faced in the Arctic.

The project will work towards this goal through four specific objectives:

  • Map and analyse global drivers influencing the future of the Arctic and explore how different kinds of global Actors in the region understand their social, economic and environmental responsibilities.
  • Identify and quantify environmental, socioeconomic, cultural and political impacts of current industrial activities in the Arctic, and assess how predicted changes in activity resulting from adaptive responses to climate change will affect these impacts.
  • Using a co-design approach, develop interactive tools for decision and policymakers to maximize uptake of knowledge of local situations and tensions, and to provide channels for continuous communication and dialogue with stakeholder groups.
  • Using foresight methods, change the perspective from that of the present to the near future, with the aim of broadening consensus on developmental goals for the region.

 

ArcticHubs – How it works