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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 29 October 2012 14:55

Photo: Arctic Council) Reindeer Ulf-Molau Photo: Arctic Council) Reindeer Ulf-Molau

Traditional knowledge needs more attention in resilience research.


The Arctic region is changing rapidly, in ways that could dramatically affect people's lives and ecosystems. Climate change is a major concern, but rapid economic development and social transformation could also make significant impacts.


On the first day of the Arctic Resilience workshop, keynote speakers highlighted the need of adapting traditional knowledge to the modern ways of research and governance.


Speakers stressed out, that modern science cannot meet the demands of developing world and right decisions cannot be taken without harnessing indigenous knowledge.


During the workshop it was highlighted that nowadays, indigenous knowledge is not receiving the attention it deserves while modern science has limitations and assumptions that prevent it from providing sustainable solutions to the Arctic challenges.


The Arctic can benefit from the strengths of both conventional science and indigenous knowledge and be able to conduct modern scientific experiments in which the principles will be formulated by traditional systems of knowledge.


The Arctic Resilience Report workshop takes place in Guovdageaindu/Kautokein in northern Norway during 29th -31st of October 2012.

The Arctic Resilience Report (ARR) is an Arctic Council project led by Stockholm Environment Institute and the Stockholm Resilience Centre. The workshop is co-hosted with the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry.


Arctic Portal is broadcasting live from the Arctic Resilience Report (ARR) workshop in Kautokeino, Norway, this week. The ARR is an Arctic Council project led by Stockholm Environment Institute and the Stockholm Resilience Centre.


Click here to access live picture from the workshop. 


Live from Arctic Resilience workshop
Other News
Friday, 26 October 2012 13:17

Reindeer in the wild (Photo: GettyImages) Reindeer in the wild (Photo: GettyImages)Arctic Portal is broadcasting live from the Arctic Resilience Report (ARR) workshop in Kautokeino, Norway, this week. The ARR is an Arctic Council project led by Stockholm Environment Institute and the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Click here to go to the live broadcast.


We will broadcast the sessions today and tomorrow live and the sessions will also be available on the Arctic Portal website later.


The schedule for today is as follows: (all times on Norwegian time)
Click here to go to the live broadcast.

09:00 – 09:20 Welcome address

- Niko Valkeapää, Vice President, Saami Council

Johan Mathis Turi, General Secretary, Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH)

09:20 - 10:40 Key note presentations

- Johan Rockström, Professor, Stockholm Resilience Center, Arctic resilience in a global perspective

- Inger Marie Gaup Eira, Associate Professor, Sámi University College: Sami language as the source of traditional knowledge in resilience research

- b, Associate Professor, Sámi University College: Siida and traditional knowlegde


10:40 – 11:10 Coffee break


11:10 – 12:00 Arctic Resilience Report Project overview and methodology

Chair: Johan Rockström and Anders Oskal



- Annika E. Nilsson, PhD, Stockholm Environment Institute: Arctic Resilience Report. Background and project overview

- Martin Sommerkorn; WWF – Global Arctic Program: Conceptual overview of the ARR methodology

- Sarah Cornell, PhD Stockholm Resilience Center: The ARR approach to assessing thresholds in the Arctic


12:00 – 13:00 Lunch


13:00 – 15:00 Thresholds in the Arctic

Chairs: Johan Rockström and Anders Oskal



- Robert Corell, PhD, Climate change and critical thresholds in Arctic societies and resilience assessments?

- Paul Overduin, PhD, Alfred Wegener Institute: Thresholds in coastal systems

- Mark Nuttall, Professor, University of Alberta/University of Greenland: Thresholds in social systems – some reflections (video link)


Click here to go to the live broadcast.

See also:
Arctic Resiliance website 

Russia opens second largest gas field
Energy News
Friday, 26 October 2012 09:16

Pipeline (Photo: GettyImages) Pipeline (Photo: GettyImages)Russia opened its latest gas production site this week. President Vladimir Putin formally opened the commercial production at the Bovanenkovo field on the Yamal peninsula in extreme northwestern Siberia.

The discovery of the site by the Soviets in the early 1970s created excitement and frustration in equal measure. The excitement was because of the huge potential, the frustration because of the severe ice conditions, permafrost and remoteness.

Now the site has opened up and Russian energy giant Gazprom estimates to be 4.9 trillion cubic meters (177 trillion cubic feet) of natural gas in the field - making it one of the world's three largest deposits.

"The field will produce 115 billion cubic meters (4,060 billion cubic feet) of gas and that will go up to nearly 140 billion," Putin told the field's workers by live video.

"This is nearly the equivalent of how much we export to Europe," Putin stressed.

The giant field is second in size in Russia only to Gazprom's Urengoi deposit to the south. It is a part of an Arctic project that Gazprom has been pinning its hopes on as older wells run dry.


See also:
Gas in the Arctic

Arctic Energy Portlet 

Antarctica airstrip melting fast
Climate Change News
Thursday, 25 October 2012 15:11

Australian plane in Antarctica (Photo: ABC) Australian plane in Antarctica (Photo: ABC)The Australian runway on Antarctica is melting fast. The melting is causing problems in transport and there will be no flights from Australia to January.

Australia will seek help from China with transport if needed.

It is possible that a new airstrip of gravel will be made in the future. 

The $46 million Antarctic air link opened four years ago with the expectation of 20 flights to the Wilkins runway near Casey Station each season.

Antarctic flights in 2009-2010 were supposed to be 20 for each season, but were 14 in the earlier season and only two in the latter. In 2011-2012 season all four planned flights were achieved and now for 2012-2013 there are six flights scheduled.

Australian Antarctic Division chief Tony Fleming says that safety issues are very strict. "Once it gets to above minus five degrees in the ice, then there are safety parameters which mean we can't [land] aircraft on that. Some way down in the ice, if it becomes above that temperature, we can't guarantee the structural integrity of the surface."

The Wilkins runway is used to get vital equipment, medical supplies, people and food to the continent.



See also:
Video about the story

Bear and her cub came to close
Climate Change News
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 08:28

The bear and her cub (Photo: KNR) The bear and her cub (Photo: KNR)A polar bear and a cub were shot in the town of Kangaatsiaq in Greenland yesterday. The pair had been circling the town for a few days.

The people had tried to drive them away but when they came close to the town they saw no other option but to shoot.

The mother had been swimming in the fjord with her cub on the back, like this video shows.

After the pair went in the town shots were fired in the air but unfortunately that did not scare them away.

"We had to shoot them both. The cub would not have survived without his mother," Peter Løvstrøm from the department of hunting and fishing in Greenland said.

"The meat will be distributed to the community's institutions but the skin and everything else will be analyzed by the government," Løvstrøm said. Those means are typical for such circumstances.






See also:
The Arctic Portlet

Video of the bears swimming


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