Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change

in the Arctic


BRidging Indigenous and Scientific Knowledge about global change in the Arctic

'BRidging Indigenous and Scientific Knowledge about global change in the Arctic' (BRISK) is a three year project to elaborate cutting-edge interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary methodologies and tools to build synergies between scientific and indigenous knowledge on climate and global changes in the region.

Supported by the French National Research Agency (ANR), with additional support from L'Institut polaire français Paul Émile Victor (IPEV), BRISK brings together French research institutions with global, regional and local partners to enable innovative assessments of environmental, economic, political and social impacts, vulnerabilities, and adaptive strategies.

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Climate Change and Arctic Sustainable Development

Monaco, 2009

Climate change is accelerating the transformation of environmental, social and cultural landscapes across the Arctic and Subarctic.These alterations, including their global impact, have yet to be comprehensively evaluated and monitored. To address this challenge, a coordinated effort is required that brings together relevant natural and social science expertise, cultural and educational perspectives, as well as appropriate ethical frameworks.

To this end, UNESCO organised an international experts meeting on climate change and sustainable development in the Arctic. The expert meeting had a twofold objective: first, to provide a broad overview of changes due to global warming that are anticipated across the circumpolar North and to investigate ways that they be monitored; and second, to assess the scientific, social, cultural and educational challenges that must be met to ensure the region’s sustainable development within a global context.

Report and recommendations

For more information on the meeting, please see here




Cet ouvrage offre une vue d’ensemble des connaissances, des préoccupations et des aspirations émanant de spécialistes de l’Arctique – des sciences naturelles comme des sciences sociales –, d’éminentes personnalités évène, inuit, saami et tchouktche de la région, ainsi que d’experts internationaux en éducation, santé et éthique. Les auteurs insistent sur l’urgente nécessité d’adopter une approche soutenue, interdisciplinaire et multi-acteurs pour étudier et gérer le changement climatique. Ils identifient des pistes à suivre pour y parvenir.

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