Saint Petersburg, AMAP Workshop, 2013

Recently I represented APECS (the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists) at the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP) at their Adaptation of Actions for a Changing Arctic (AACA) workshop in Saint Petersburg, Russia in April 2013.

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The workshop is a pilot program that brings together expertise in Arctic research with the goal of identifying ways in which the Arctic will be impacted over the coming decades due to climate change, and what adaptation actions should be put in place in order to mitigate the coming changes. Three focus areas have been selected for initial plan developments, the Barents Sea, the Beaufort-Chukchi-Bering Seas and the Davis Strait-Baffin Bay region.

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Reindeer herding, mining, tourism, oil and gas exploration, and fisheries have all been identified as areas which need specific strategies with respect to ecosystem integrity, healthy communities, socioeconomic development and culture and heritage. Especially in light of changing climatic conditions. Many great discussions were had, including into the dinner hours where we got to try some tasty Russian cuisine. The workshop report will be presented to the Arctic Council in May, where we hope to get approval to take the project onwards with stakeholder involvement.

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