During the 12th Arctic Futures Symposium, on 6-7 December, Arcum was present to talk about the socio-economic impacts of climate change on Arctic communities
Text: Anngelica Kristoferqvist
Every autumn since 2010, the International Polar Foundation and its partners have organised a multinational, multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder conference on the Arctic. The annual Arctic Futures Symposium, held in Brussels, brings together local and national policymakers, Arctic indigenous peoples, natural and social scientists, academics, and representatives of industries operating in or with interests in the Arctic. The event is free of charge and broadcasted online, to make discussions on Arctic issues accessible to as many Arctic stakeholders as possible.
Niklas Eklund, Director at Arcum, argued that the EU's approach to Arctic research needs to be broader, and more locally based.
The second day included the session Arctic Resilience, to which Arcum Director Niklas Eklund was invited to speak about the socio-economic impacts of climate change on Arctic communities.
The aim of the session was to address issues such as food and environmental security, health, infrastructure, education, connectivity, response capacity, and cross-border cooperation in areas of “soft security” such as search and rescue.
Niklas highlighted the problem of limited and narrow images of the Arctic, and argued that the EU's approach to Arctic research needs to be broader, and more locally based.