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2nd Arctic Science Ministerial Event:

"Collaborative Natural Resource 

Management and Community-Based

Observatories in the Arctic”


In conjunction with The 2nd Arctic Science Ministerial, we will be hosting an additional discussion event. This event is organized by NORDECO (Nordic Foundation for Development and Ecology), Greenland Climate Research Centre, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Hokkaido University, and University of the Arctic.

The purpose of the event is to initiate a dialogue to exchange experiences and discuss how education and research institutions can contribute to increase the number of Arctic resource managers and scientists who are able to facilitate, implement and operationalize participatory approaches to natural resource management in practice.


Thematic Networks of UArctic aim at fostering cooperation for education and research across
the North. UArctic would like to develop a new Thematic Network on Collaborative Natural
Resource Management and Community-Based Observatories. This side-event presents an opportunity to provide input on the development of the new Thematic Network and its priorities. Arctic education and research institutions are invited to become both participants and founding members of the new thematic network. Below is the agenda and further down the page you can find further background information.


Collaborative Natural Resource Management in the Arctic - Programme: 

8.30-9.00 Registration

9.00-9.05 Welcome. By Kenneth Ruud, UArctic

9.05-9.15 UArctic and capacity development in collaborative natural resource management.

By Finn Danielsen, NORDECO, Greenland/Denmark

9.15-10.05: What are the key challenges and opportunities in collaborative natural resource
management? What should be the priorities of the new UArctic Thematic Network on
capacity development in collaborative natural resource management?


  • Lisa Loseto, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

  • Malene Simon, Greenland Centre for Climate Research, Greenland

  • Anders Oskal, Ealat Institute, Sami University of Applied Science

  • Natsuhiko Otsuka, Hokkaido University, Japan

  • Hajo Eicken, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA

Chair: Hiroyuki Enomoto, National Institute of Polar Research, Japan

10.05-10.30 Summing up (panel discussion)

What are the messages that should be brought forward to the new UArctic Thematic
Network? And to the ASM2?

Chair: Maribeth Murray, Arctic Institute of North America, Canada. Participants: Speakers.

Date and Time: 

9 a.m. – 10.30 a.m. on 24 October 2018


Grand Hyatt Berlin, Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 2, Berlin. The meeting room “Arata Isozaki”.


The Danish Ministry of Education and Research, and the European Commission’s Horizon-
2020 programme INTAROS (Integrated Arctic Observation System) project.

Collaborative Natural Resource Management in the Arctic - Background:

The distribution of life on Earth is experiencing dramatic effects from the most rapid climate-driven change in 25,000 years. As local environments face persistent change, species move up mountains, deeper into seas, and towards the poles. Across the planet, global species re-distribution is impacting economies, trade, human wellbeing, governance, ecosystems and even the climate itself (Science 355:1389, 2017). A short response time from observation to action is required to adapt natural resource governance to the rapid changes in distributions of species. One proposed solution is to improve decision-making by cross-weaving indigenous, industry, community-based and formal/academic science through collaborative monitoring and management of resources (Fig. 1).


Collaborative management and monitoring facilitates adaptation of the livelihoods of indigenous and local fishing and hunting communities in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic to the rapidly-changing environment, simultaneously ensuring the protection of biodiversity and the sustainable use of resources and ecosystems (Coastal Mngt. 35:143, 2007; Mar. Pol. 35:440, 2011). Local capacity and engagement in natural resource management can be significantly increased and strengthened through dialogue between resource users, scientists and managers (Cons. Biol. 23:31, 2009). The use of indigenous and community-based knowledge cannot replace scientists’ monitoring; however, the two approaches can supplement each other and together provide for more timely and effective management and use of resources. Up-scaling, extending and promoting collaborative management and monitoring require an increasing number of resource managers and scientists able to facilitate, implement and operationalize participatory approaches to natural resource management in practice.

There are a range of different types of resource development and different types of resources in the Arctic. This meeting and the new Thematic Network may not cover all. The meeting is the first step for a thematic network that focuses on capacity development, and further discussions will follow.


Dr.scient. Finn Danielsen (Nordic Foundation for Development and Ecology, Greenland/Denmark)

Dr. Malene Simon (Greenland Climate Research Centre, Greenland)

Prof. Hajo Eicken (University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA)

Prof. Natsuhiko Otsuka (Hokkaido University, Japan)


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