Overall Goal

In collaborative management, fishermen, hunters and local community members play a central role in the decision-process about the use of natural resources. The goal is a resilient society that is capable of adapting to the rapidly changing environment. The network will contribute to this goal by increasing the number of resource managers and scientists who can use bottom-up, participatory tools and connect local, Indigenous and science knowledge for management decisions.

Main Activities

  • Interdisciplinary capacity development in collaborative natural resource management and monitoring
  • Practice-based courses for people in public natural resource management positions with a focus on community-based approaches, and for Arctic-based Master’s students
  • Development of new tools and educational materials
  • Workshops and networking for encouraging dialogue on natural resource management between representatives of different world views

Current and Planned Activities

  • Presentation at the Sixth International Symposium on Arctic Science ISAR-6, in Tokyo, 2020
  • Publication of book on community-based monitoring in the Arctic, capabilities, good practices, and challenges, with many partners, University of Alaska Press, 2020
  • Exploring opportunities for collaboration with the Thematic Network on Local-Scale Planning, Climate Change and Resilience

Past Activities

  • Eleven presentations at the “Course on Co-Management of Natural Resources” in Nuuk 2019
  • Six presentations at the “Experience Exchange Workshop on Co-Management of Natural Resources” in Hokkaido 2019
  • Discussion event at the 2nd Arctic Science Ministerial in Berlin 2018 “Collaborative Natural Resource Management and Community-Based Observatories in the Arctic” 
  • Project on “Thematic Network on Collaborative Resource Management and Community Observing” (2018-2019), financed by the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education (DASHE) and the European Commission’s Horizon-2020 programme INTAROS (Integrated Arctic Observation System) project. The project was carried out in a collaboration between Greenland Climate Research Centre, Hokkaido University, National Institute of Polar Research, NORDECO, and University of Alaska Fairbanks (DKK 0.5M).