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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



This book brings together the knowledge, concerns and visions of leading Arctic scientists in the natural and social sciences, prominent Chukchi, Even, Inuit and Saami leaders from across the circumpolar North, and international experts in education, health and ethics. They highlight the urgent need for a sustained interdisciplinary and multi-actor approach to monitoring, managing and responding to climate change in the Arctic, and explore avenues by which this can be achieved.
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