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

Past Activities

  • Workshop on stimulating increased practical use of local knowledge in NAMMCO and other international management bodies’ advisory services, Feb. 2021. Presentations by Amalie Jessen, Greenland Ministry of Fisheries (PDF), Jason Akearok, Nunavut Wildlife Management Board (PDF), Fern Wickson, NAMMCO (PDF), Jessica Lefevre, Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission (PDF), Yuan Liu, CITES (PDF), Kuupik Kleist, ICC (PDF), as well as Maria Tengö and Pernilla Malmer, Stockholm University (PDF).
  • Presentation at the Research Network Series on Scotland’s Role and Contribution in a Changing Arctic Environment, in March, 2020
  • Grand Challenges Session on “Cross-weaving knowledge to inform Arctic decision-making” at the EO4 Earth Observation for Polar Science Workshop, Oct. 2020 with four external key-note speakers and discussion (90 min. video)
  • Tweet presentation about “Invisible Citizen Science” in a one-hour TweetChat, organized by North Carolina State University, in Oct. 2020
  • Presentation at the European Citizen Science Conference, in Sep. 2020
  • Presentation at the Sixth International Symposium on Arctic Science ISAR-6, in Tokyo, May 2020
  • Presentation at the EGU2020, in May, 2020
  • Public statement and participation in discussions at the Arctic Observing Summit, in Akureyri, April 2020
  • Presentation on co-management at the UArctic Assembly in Copenhagen, Feb. 2020
  • 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:
  • 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). 

UArctic Course on Collaborative Resource Management

Course plan, reading materials and course programme
Curriculum Overview, pdf
i. Course Plan, English, pdf
ii. Course Plan, Greenlandic, pdf
iii. Reading Materials, pdf
iv. Programme, English, pdf
v. Programme, Greenlandic, pdf
vi. Course Certificate, pdf
Lectures and exercises
Day 1
1.1 Lecture: General course introduction, pdf
1.2 Lecture: Collaborative management and monitoring: Theory and international experiences, pdf
1.3 Lecture: Arctic context of self-determination and Indigenous governance, pdf
1.4 Lecture: Overview of programs for collaborative management and monitoring, pdf
1.5 Lecture: The PISUNA approach, pdf
1.6 Exercise: Digital platform for communicating local knowledge, pdf
1.7 Evaluation, Day 1, pdf
Day 2
2.1 Lecture: Collaborative management and monitoring: Good practices, pdf
2.2 Lecture: Inuit Circumpolar Council perspectives, pdf
2.3 Lecture: Perspectives of the Greenland Association of Fishermen and Hunters (KNAPK), pdf
2.4 Lecture: Nuuk Fjord experiences, pdf
2.5 Lecture: Greenland Institute of Natural Resources (GN) natural scientist case, pdf
2.6 Exercise: Group discussion on Nuuk Fjord and GN case, pdf
Day 3
3.1 Lecture: Collaborative management and monitoring: Governance, pdf
3.2 Exercise: Planning for long-term monitoring where communities feel ownership, pdf
3.3 Evaluation, Day 3, pdf