The Arctic Futures Initiative projects.

Northern Dimension Institute Think Tank

The Northern Dimension Institute Think Tank aims to enhance genuine regional cooperation in the Northern Dimension area through science diplomacy, capacity building and people-to-people contacts. More

Analysis and Synthesis Report on Arctic Policies, Strategies, and Programs

The aim of this project is to provide a comparative study, analysis and synthesis of national policies and strategies on the Arctic, key Arctic Council documents such as chairmanship programs and ministerial declarations, and governance documents of the Permanent Participants. The goal is to produce a synthesis report on these key documents, leading to a holistic understanding of the variety of approaches to Arctic governance.  More

Loss and Damage in the Rapidly Changing Arctic

A systematic literature review shows how losses and damages have been studied empirically across the Arctic region, for example, in the context of outmigration and relocation. The review reveals a need for new governance mechanisms and institutional frameworks to tackle Loss and Damage in the Arctic. More knowledge and resources to deal with climate change impacts faced by vulnerable communities is needed and learning from the Arctic could be a forerunner case for the international debate on Loss and Damage since Arctic climate change is happening much faster than the global average. More

Population Projections of the Arctic by Levels of Education

In this project, for the first time, population projections have been generated for all the territories in the peripheral part of the world next to the North Pole – the Arctic. As the further gradient of novelty, education is introduced into the cohort-component model of population projections. More

Participatory Environmental Governance of Infrastructure Projects Affecting Reindeer Husbandry in the Arctic

The study focused on reindeer herders' participation in EIA procedures of mines and wind farms because these types of industrial infrastructure projects affect reindeer husbandry, a traditional Arctic livelihood in Finland. Herders' level of participation in the EIAs and the benefits and challenges of participation are perceived differently among different types of stakeholders, and the regulatory framework does not adequately ensure that the developer carries social and environmental responsibilities throughout the infrastructure project's lifetime. Regular communication with herders should also be maintained after the EIA and herders' expertise used throughout the project lifetime. More

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