Assessing alternatives towards and beyond Paris 2015

Among all the world regions the Arctic is the one, which warms up the fastest, on more than a double average than the rest of the planet.


Due to the role played by the Arctic within the global climate system, changes in the North are of great importance not only to Arctic peoples and inhabitants but bear impact also on lives of those living in more southern latitudes. And yet, in the context of international negotiations on a new global binding climate deal, which shall be agreed upon at the COP-21 in 2015 to replace the Kyoto Protocol and contain global warming, the Arctic has not been singled out as a topic.

The members and observers of the Arctic Council include countries which are crucial in the climate negotiations. However, the “Arctic voice” has not been promoted in this multilateral process. Arctic states and communities have specific Arctic related goals, priorities and approaches in climate change negotiations and can contribute to a great extent to the unlocking of a climate deal.

In this context, it is necessary to understand how Arctic regions, populations and communities are being affected by climate change, how they are responding to the challenges associated with this process and how sustainability and governance of Arctic is being currently conceived by the key stakeholders. What are the drivers of Arctic change? What are differences within the Arctic region? What are socioeconomic and development-related consequences? How do indigenous communities adapt? How do clashing interests affect the governance of Arctic resources?

The proposed expert roundtable seeks to address both the internal and external dimensions of the debate on climate change, adaptation and sustainability in the Arctic. Over two days experts, policy-makers of both national and international level, representatives of indigenous peoples as well as of non-governmental organizations, business community and other stakeholders will be brought together to discuss the impacts and strategies to cope with climate change in the Arctic. They will address the challenges associated with sustainability and governance in the different Arctic regions and deliberate on how Arctic actors can contribute to further progress in the global climate negotiations.


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Arrival of participants in the morning and early afternoon

14:00Light lunch

16:45Registration of participants

17:00Welcome remarks

Prof. Paula Kankaanpää, Director, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

H.E. Paulo Portugal, Ambassador of Peru to Finland

17:15Introduction to the topic

Markku Heikkilä, Head of Science Communications, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

17:45Panel I

Climate change in the Arctic: scientific assessment, local observations and consequences for EU Arctic Policy


Markku Heikkilä, Head of Science Communications, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

Interventions from

Dr. Volker Rachold, Executive Secretary, International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)

Adam Stepien, Researcher, Impact Assessment Expert Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

Lars Anders Baer, Senior Member of the Working Group of Indigenous Peoples, Barents Euro-Arctic Council

Steffen Weber, EU Arctic Forum in the European Parliament, Brussels

Julian Wilson, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Dr. Monica Tennberg, Sustainable Development Research Group, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland


19:00End of the Panel

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

10:00Panel II

Arctic communities and climate change: adaptation strategies for increased resilience


Malgorzata Smieszek, Researcher, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

Interventions from

Anne Ollila, Director of Reindeer Herder’s Association, Rovaniemi, Finland

Anna Stammler-Gossman, Researcher, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

Eero Yrjö-Koskinen, Executive director, Finnish Association for Nature Conservation FANC

Taija Jurmu, Lapland Chamber of Commerce, Finland

Marcus Carson, Senior Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute

Ilona Mettiäinen, Researcher, Arctic Centre, Finland

Asoc. Prof. Rauna Kuokkanen, Department of Political Science and Aboriginal Studies Program, University of Toronto, Canada



14:00Panel III:

The Arctic and the UN Climate Negotiations: Promoting the "Arctic Voice"


Corinna Röver, International Polar Foundation

H.E. Aleksi Härkönen, Finnish Senior Arctic Official – designated

Laurent Mayet, Deputy Ambassador in charge with Polar Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, France

André Gattolin, Senator, Vice-Chair of the French Senate´s Finance and European Affairs Committees(TBC)

Auður Ingólfsdóttir, Assistant Professor, University of Bifröst, Iceland

Sébastien Duyck, Researcher, University of Lapland

Arne Riedel, Fellow, Ecologic Institute, Potsdam, Germany


16:30Summary and closure remarks

Prof. Paula Kankaanpää, Director, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

16:45End of the event

18:30Transfer to the restaurant


Zum Kalender hinzufügen


Arktikum House, Rovaniemi, Finland


Katrin Ridder-Strolis

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