Climate Change and Arctic Sustainable Development: Scientific, Social, Cultural and Educational Challenges

Book reviews

The book “Climate Change and Arctic Sustainable Development” is reviewed in the Polar Record by Erin Neufeld from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He comments: “I would suggest that this book would be ideally suited for use in training the next generation of northern researchers. With applications in both quantitative and qualitative field studies, Arctic studies, policy and community development, there are a wide range of university courses at both undergraduate and graduate level that this book could enrich (and stimulate debate in). One drawback the book does suffer from is the lack of an index at the end, the inclusion of one would have increased the ease with which this book could have been referenced and used.”

He concludes as follows “Overall the book is an interesting and engaging read. It serves as an interesting overview of the research being done in the Arctic and points to the future direction hoped for by the people who live there and those who study there (…) This volume does a good job of bringing a variety of interdisciplinary voices together to show the need for a multi-actor approach in responding to climate change in the Arctic, all that’s needed now is to spread that voice and have it heard.”

Extract from the Polar Record. Page 1 of 2. © Cambridge University Press 2012

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The book is the result of a UNESCO conference held in Monaco in 2009. It takes stock of, and communicates knowledge about, climate change in the Arctic – from the icecap to biodiversity to ethics and sustainability. It contains contributions from researchers as well as voices from local communities, politicians and officials. The book mentions a number of areas in which knowledge is still lacking, and contributes recommendations as to how this can be addressed. (translated from Danish).

Extract from Polarfronten (magazine of the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation in Copenhagen), issue No. 1/2010.

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.

Extract from The Traditional Knowledge Bulletin, 13 January 2010:

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a book titled “Climate Change and Arctic Sustainable Development,” with forewords by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and the UNESCO Director-General. The book outlines the environmental and social transformations of the Arctic due to climate change and brings together the domains of natural sciences, social sciences, culture, education and communication to understand the nature of climate change impacts and the complexities of the required adaptation.

UNESCO recommends adopting integrated approaches for monitoring and adapting to climate change in the Arctic, fostering dialogue among scientists, circumpolar communities and decision makers. The book contains sections on: ice, oceans and atmosphere; biodiversity and ecosystem services; community-level impacts and adaptation; health and well-being; economic development and social transformations; education; ethics, responsibility and sustainability; and monitoring systems.

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Adaptation Learning Mechanism, 13 January 2010: (International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Reporting Services), 12 January 2010:  

UNESCO Publishing has just released Climate Change and Arctic Sustainable Development: Scientific, Social, Cultural and Educational Challenges. This book brings together the knowledge, concerns and visions of leading Arctic experts in the natural and social sciences, and of prominent indigenous leaders from across the circumpolar North.

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National Talk (Canada's Premier National Aboriginal Newswire), 15 January 2010:  

Indigenous Peoples and Governance’s website (Université de Montréal), January 2010:  

International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA), January 2010:

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