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.
- 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
- Public statement and participation in discussions at the Arctic Observing Summit, in Akureyri, April 2020
- Presentation at the Coastal Zone Canada 2020 Conference, in Iqaluit, Nunavut, June 2020
- Exploring opportunities for collaboration with the Thematic Network on Local-Scale Planning, Climate Change and Resilience
- Fourteen presentations at the “Course on Co-Management of Natural Resources” in Nuuk 2019
- "Experience Exchange Workshop on Co-Management of Natural Resources” in Hokkaido 2019, proceedings available here.
- Discussion event at the 2nd Arctic Science Ministerial in Berlin 2018 “Collaborative Natural Resource Management and Community-Based Observatories in the Arctic”
- The importance of capacity-development in collaborative management and community-based monitoring was highlighted by the Thematic Network partners at multiple events:
- At a side-event at the Fourth Session of the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi;
- In a symposium at the Citizen Science Association in Raleigh, North Carolina, US, March 2019;
- In a panel discussion at ”Dansk Polarforskerdag” in Copenhagen, Dec. 2018;
- At the annual meeting of the EU project INTAROS in Bremen, Jan. 2019;
- At a meeting of the Sustained Arctic Observing System Committee on Observations and Networks (SAON CON) in Feb. 2019;
- In a workshop at the University Centre of Svalbard with the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), tourism operators, key Arctic and global citizen science programs, scientists and decision-makers in Svalbard, March 2019.
- 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).