The Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network has organized and contributed to a number of sessions at the Arctic Circle conferences.
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LEADERSHIP, ARCTIC GENDER EQUALITY, AND DIVERSITY.
The Arctic Circle Conference, October 2019
The geopolitical and global economic significance of the Arctic region has been growing fast, inter alia because of climate change as well as resource and economic development. The changes we witness in the Arctic – ecological, social and economic – affect both men and women although sometimes in different ways. Responsible policy making for sustainable development in the Arctic requires diversity in perspectives, leadership, and policy and decision-making processes. Addressing key issues such as control over resources, representation in decision-making, political participation, and material and cultural well-being becomes increasingly important including through promoting an extensive, policy-relevant dialogue on issues of gender equality in the Arctic region.
Organized by: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, the Nordic Council of Ministers, Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network; Icelandic Directorate of Equality, Centre for Arctic Policy and Security, University of Akureyri
- Sara Olsvig, Head of Programme, Greenland at UNICEF Denmark
- Hjalti Ómar Ágústsson, Project Coordinator, Gender Equality in the Arctic Phase III, Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network
- Gunn-Britt Retter, Head of Arctic and Environmental Unit, Saami Council
- Eva Maria-Svensson, Deputy Head, Department of Law, Gothenburg University
- Anastasia Ulturgasheva, Researcher, Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network, Stefansson Arctic Institute
- Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir, Associate Professor of International Affairs, Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland
CHANGING FRESHWATER RESOURCES: SOCIAL, ETHICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPLICATIONS
The Arctic Circle Conference, Reykjavík October 2019
Global freshwater is a finite and vulnerable resource, including in Arctic regions where climatic influences are manifesting in the form of melting glaciers, increased flooding and hydrological variability, declines and changes to arctic flora and fauna, and changes in ocean water composition from freshwater inputs. Further, ecosystem changes are as of yet unknown in many regions due to evolving long-term impacts from water resource variability. There lacks a dialogue on the social, ethical and environmental implications of changing global freshwater resources with respect to the Arctic and its peoples. Such dialogue is necessary to bring to realization the potential questions and stakeholders needed to identify solutions. This session proposed to create discourse on the physical, ecological and ethical bases of future freshwater resources, where physical manifestation of climate change include melting glaciers, increased flooding and hydrological variability, thawing of permafrost, declines and changes to arctic flora and fauna, and changes in ocean water composition from freshwater inputs. The topic of freshwater is not only a question for natural or social sciences but requires a holistic approach to questions of adaption, social- and environmental justice, rights, access and ethics.
Organized by Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network; Icelandic Meteorological Office; Marine & Freshwater Institute; University of Akureyri; and Rif Research Station, International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)
- Jón S. Ólafsson, Senior Scientist, Marine & Freshwater Research Institute "State of the Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity"
- Jónína Sigríður Þorláksdóttir, Station Manager, Rif Field Station "Freshwater monitoring at the edge of the Arctic – the case of Rif Field Station"
- Jill R. Welter, PhD., Program Coordinator and Instructor, Masters Program in Climate Change and Global Sustainability,School for International Training, Graduate Institute, University Centre of the Westfjords, Iceland "Nutrient Transport and Cycling in Arctic Freshwaters: Potential Trajectories and Implications for Food Webs"
- Skúli Skúlason, Professor, Hólar University College "The value of biodiversity in northern freshwaters: implications for society and ethics of nature"
- Þorvarður Árnason, Director, University of Iceland´s Research Centre in Hornafjörður "Picturing the Climate Crisis: 3D visualizations of glacier recession as a vehicle for environmental communication"
- Victoria Rose Buschman, CAFF; University of Washington: "Indigenous connections to changing freshwater resources"
- Halldór Björnsson, Climatologist
SAFETY AT SEA IN THE ARCTIC
Arctic Circle Conference, Reykjavík, October 12th, 2019
- Sverrir Konráðsson, Maritime Specialist - Legal Coordination and Translations, Coordination and Facilitation Division, Icelandic Transport Authority "Enhancing Maritime Safety in the Arctic to Save Lives".
- CDRE Ásgrímur L. Ásgrímsson, Chief of Operations, Icelandic Coast Guard "Icelandic Coast Guard and Safety at Sea in the Entrance to the Arctic".
- Jens Peter Holst-Andersen, Chair, Arctic Council Working Group on Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR), Arctic Council, Danish Ministry of Defence "Emergencies – Prevention, Preparedness and Response".
- Soffía Guðmundsdóttir, Executive Secretary, Arctic Council Working Gtoup on the Protection of Arctic Marine Environment (PAME).
- Eydís Líndal Finnbogadóttir, Acting Director General National Land Survey of Iceland "Enabling Access to Arctic spatial data - Arctic SDI cooperation"
ARCTIC GLACIERS AND ICE CAPS: RECENT LOSS AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO GLOBAL SEA-LEVEL RISE
The Arctic Circle Conference, October 11th 2019
Organized by: Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network; Icelandic Meteorological Office and International Science Committee (IASC).
- Paul Morin, Director of Polar Geospatial Center, University of Minnesota: ArcticDEM: How the Arctic Leads the Way in Understanding Topographic Change
- Martin Sharp, Professor, Faculty of Science, University of Alberta, Canada: Recent Glacier Mass Loss in Arctic Canada and its Drivers
- Barbara Barzycka, PhD candidate, Centre for Polar Studies, University of Silesia, Poland: Melting and Crumbling Arctic – Example of Svalbard’s Glacier
- René Forsberg, Professor, Geodynamics group, DTU-Space, Denmark: The Current Challenges of the Greenland Ice Sheet as seen from Space and Airborne Campaigns
- Guðfinna Aðalgeirsdóttir, Professor, University of Iceland: Mass Balance of Icelandic Glaciers in the Past and Future Projection
ART & THE CREATIVE SECTOR: AMPLIFYING THE WORK OF THE ARCTIC COUNCIL
The Arctic Council Conference, Reykjavík, October 12th, 2019
Organizer: Anchorage Museum
- Bruce Farnsworth, Founding member of Track & Field, Co-Lead Artist, 8Boxes Project: A Global Overview of Important Examples of Partnerships Between Artists and a Variety of International Organizations as well as Scientific and Policy Initiatives
- Bodil Kjelstrup, Curator, Anchorage Museum and Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum: What are we Learning about Art as an Instrument of Circumpolar Change and Innovation? The Accumulating Experience of the SEED Lab Experiment
- Shyanne Chulyin Ch'ivaya Beatty, Alaska Native Heritage Center: Art and Culture at the Heart of Pan-Arctic Planning and Engagement
- Embla Eir Oddsdottir, Director, Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network: The Lessons and Importance of Arctic Cooperation from a Cross-Sector Perspective. Can the Arctic Council Benefit from Broader Perspectives on Arctic Futures?
- John Hirst, Co-Lead Artist, 8Boxes Project: How the 8Boxes Project Provides a Pan-Arctic Opportunity to Connect Northern Artists with the Work of the Arctic Council and its Sub-Bodies to Enhance its Mission