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.
Some changes may be gradual, but there may also be large and sudden shifts. For those charged with managing natural resources and public policy in the region, it is crucial to identify potential thresholds to prepare effectively for an uncertain future.
The goals of the Arctic Resilience Report goals are to:
- Identify the potential for shocks and large shifts in ecosystems services that affect human well-being in the Arctic.
- Analyze how different drivers of change interact in ways that affect the ability of ecosystems and human populations to withstand shocks, adapt or transform.
- Evaluate strategies for governments and communities to adapt.
The Arctic Resilience Report was approved as an Arctic Council project in November 2011, following a scoping workshop held in Stockholm in September. The project is led by the Stockholm Environment Institute and Stockholm Resilience Centre.
As of March 2012, funding has been provided by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the Swedish Ministry of the Environment.
Read more about the project by visiting the Arctic Resilience Report's website.