Tuesday 6
The Arctic Resilience Report : Progress and Prospects
Douglas Clark, Allyson Quinlan, Olof Olsson
› 15:40 - 16:40 (1h)
› JOFFRE 1-4
The Arctic Resilience Report: Progress and Prospects
Douglas Clark  1@  , Allyson Quinlan  2@  , Olof Olsson@
1 : School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan  (SENS)  -  Website
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7N5C8 -  Canada
2 : Resilience Alliance  -  Website

The Arctic is subject to rapid and major ecological, social, and economic changes; all of which interact in complex ways that have real consequences for Arctic peoples' well-being, the region's social-ecological systems, and the planet as a whole. The Arctic Resilience Report (ARR) is a project of the Arctic Council, and its objective is to assess the resilience of the Arctic to abrupt changes in the region's social-ecological system. The ARR preliminary report was released in 2013 and found that abrupt changes such as the loss of multi-year sea-ice over the past decade have been documented and risk pushing across thresholds past which the new system states become irreversible. These changes are already having global impacts, such as the apparent blocking of the jet stream, increasing the duration and frequency of extreme weather conditions in temperate latitudes. Although there is a long legacy of southern colonization of Arctic indigenous peoples there is also a more recent history of remarkable governance innovations in the Arctic. Unfortunately, the biophysical changes we now see are outpacing the improvements in our governance capabilities, and there is potential for cascading and cross-scale impacts from crossing thresholds that remain challenging to identify. The causes and impacts of these changes, individually and combined, on human health and well-being urgently needs investigation, as do their effects on institutions and local communities. Public health issues related to food and food security are proliferating. There is a pressing need for deliberate efforts to adapt and navigate social-ecological transformations around the entire Arctic region. This session will highlight the ARR's provisional findings and experiences to date, and then engage the audience in two types of interactive dialogue about findings, methods, and the ARR's next steps. We propose a mixed format session, in three parts:

 1. speed-presentations on the ARR's findings, resilience assessment methodologies, and future prospects (3 talks x 6 minutes each= 18 min.)

2. table-discussions with each presenter (20 minutes)

3. panel discussion (20 minutes)

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