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Arctic Circle to reconvene
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 09:09

(Logo: Arctic Circle) (Logo: Arctic Circle) Please note that, due to increased demand, and to better accommodate the large number of expected attendees, the dates for the second annual Arctic Circle Assembly have changed.

The Arctic Circle gathering will now take place October 31-November 2, 2014, in Reykjavík, Iceland, at the Harpa Reykjavík Concert Hall and Conference Centre.

Assembly registration will open in the coming weeks, and details are forthcoming.

In the meantime, the organizers encourage participating organizations to email proposals for breakout session topics to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Interested organizations and individuals may convene their own meetings at the Arctic Circle. The Assembly is an open platform, with opportunities to attend the plenary sessions, breakout meetings, networking receptions, and bilateral meetings.

Our inaugural gathering drew more than 1,200 participants from 40 nations, bringing together a diverse group of individuals and organizations for a series of meetings and presentations addressing the challenges and opportunities of the changing Arctic.

The Assembly established itself as a platform for high-level engagement on issues, such as the meeting between Russia and Greenpeace regarding the "Arctic 30" detention, and it also provided new observer states the opportunity to communicate their Arctic strategies.


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EP takes a note on the seal ban
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 09:17

(Photo: Halldór Jóhannsson) A seal in Gunnolfsvik (Photo: Halldór Jóhannsson) A seal in Gunnolfsvik The European Parliament, in the Plenary from the 12th of March took a note of the Kiruna Declaration of the Arctic Council from May 2013 and its decision on the permanent observer status for the EU as well as other state entities.


The EP declared to urge the Commission to follow up on the outstanding seal products ban issue with Canada and to duly inform the European Parliament regarding the process.

The EP expressed its regrets of the effects which the EU regulation relating to the ban on seal products has produced for sections of the population, and in particular for indigenous peoples, their culture and livelihood.

Read the Joint Motion for a Resolution on the EU strategy for the Arctic (2013/2595(RSP)



EU AIC reaffirmed by EP
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 09:11

Iceberg (photo: M. Tomaisk) Iceberg (photo: M. Tomaisk) The European Parliament (EP) has accepted in the Plenary 12th March 2014 a resolution on the EU strategy for the Arctic.

The EP "Reiterates its call for a united EU policy on the Arctic, as well as a coherent strategy and a concretised action plan on the EU's engagement on the Arctic, with a focus on socio-economic and environmental issues; believes that this strategic choice is integral in ensuring legitimacy and local support for the EU's Arctic engagement".

The EP Resolution also includes a paragraph to reaffirms its support for the establishment of an EU Arctic Centre. The EP "reaffirms its support for, and urges the Commission to proceed with, the establishment of the EU Arctic Information Centre as a networked undertaking with a permanent office in Rovaniemi, with reference to the Preparatory Action 'Strategic environmental impact assessment of the development of the Arctic', as supported by the Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in their 2012 joint communication and implemented by the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland together with a network of European centres of excellence on the Arctic, with the goal of ensuring efficient access to Arctic information, dialogues at all levels and communication for the purpose of harnessing information and knowledge with a view to sustainability in the Arctic".

"We are pleased to notice that the Parliament express its support in such a concrete way with special mentions related to the network model, a permanent office in Rovaniemi and the work done by the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland. This will create expectations to the oncoming decisions by the European Commission", says Professor Paula Kankaanpää, director of the Arctic Centre.

Read more at Arctic Centre

Read the Joint Motion for a Resolution on the EU strategy for the Arctic (2013/2595(RSP))

Northern Forum introduced in Rovaniemi
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 17 March 2014 09:16

Halldór Jóhannsson, General Director of Arctic Portal introduces the ideas of Northern Forum. Halldór Jóhannsson, General Director of Arctic Portal introduces the ideas of Northern Forum. Vladimir Vasiliev, NF Executive Director, and Halldor Johansson, Arctic Portal General Manager, have presented the Northern Forum and its new tool within the Arctic Portal for participants of the Arctic Business Summit in Rovaniemi.

Presentation has attracted a lot of interest from business companies because of huge amount of resources to be available both in the Arctic and NF portals.

The 5th Arctic Business Forum covered two days of world class presentations by invited speakers, a trade show and a high class social program in the very heart of Lapland Finland.


The meetings ended on Thursday, 13th of March.


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THAW 2014 begins today!
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:59

Sinking seawall in Shishmaref in N. Alaska (photo: Lawrence Hislop - Sinking seawall in Shishmaref in N. Alaska (photo: Lawrence Hislop - Aquatic ecosystems Workshop (THAW) is taking place in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.


THAW 2014 is endorsed by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), the International Permafrost Association (IPA) and the Climate and Cryosphere program (CliC), and it is an activity within the IASC/CliC/AMAP Freshwater Synthesis.

Permafrost systems are attracting considerable interest at present given the accelerated warming of the Arctic and its associated effects on thermokarst processes, peat erosion and water balance.

These phenomena may affect biogeochemical pathways, including those controlling greenhouse gas fluxes and the export of dissolved and particulate materials to downstream river and coastal waters.

Although many scientific events have been organized to share information on permafrost degradation and its associated carbon dynamics, few have focused specifically on aquatic ecosystems, and there has been little attention to date given to the strikingly diverse and changing limnology of these systems, including their geomorphological dynamics, hydrological properties, hydrogeochemistry, microbiology, food web structure and regional differences.


More knowledge about each of these aspects is needed for a full understanding of their importance as ecological oases in the tundra, biogeochemical reaction sites and gas conduits to the atmosphere, and to predict their responses to the rapidly changing northern climate.

THAW 2014 will bring together researchers from these different disciplines to share their knowledge about freshwater systems in permafrost landscapes, and to plan for future collaborative research, data exchange and synthesis.

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