Thursday, 19 May 2011 11:20

Final State of the Arctic Coast

In August 2010, the report on the ”State of the Arctic Coast – A Scientific Review and Outlook” was officially released on-line and since that time it has been attracting widespread media interest.

The interdisciplinary work on the report began several years ago. In 2010, the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) together with the Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) Project and the International Permafrost Association (IPA) prepared a draft publication reporting about the state of the Arctic coast.

The decision of cooperating on such a report was also motivated by the fact of increasing changes in the human-environmental sphere of the Arctic region. The present report is also a 5-year update of the 2005 Arctic Climate Impacts Assessment that reported in detail on key impacts of climate changes in the Arctic. The main objectives of the present project are to analyze initial findings regarding climate change and its human dimensions.

As for the scientific character of this project, one should notice, that the report is an interdisciplinary work. Thus, the interaction between human and bio-geophysical factors within the Arctic coastal area is one of the central subjects treated in the report.

Many aspects of indigenous living conditions in the coastal area such as the adaptation to environmental changes, the involvement of traditional knowledge, as well as the status of indigenous languages is treated throughout the report. The interdisciplinarity of this report is also reflected in the great number of authors and contributors, representing many disciplines, organizations, and countries.

Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples Secretariat (IPS) is one of the contributing institutions to this report. As for contributions from IPS, an observation on the situation of endangered indigenous languages in Canada as well as a note on the language-environment interaction among speakers of indigenous languages in the Arctic have been incorporated in the report. 

 

The report is available on www.arcticcoasts.org

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Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples' Secretariat
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