Learning from and improving the resilience of local communities
Those living in the Arctic depend on the region for their livelihoods. The better the information and the knowledge they have, the more ready they will be for the challenges being brought about by the changes in their environment. INTAROS is contributing to supporting the resilience of these communities in the following ways:
Two workshops are planned. Their organisation will be a collaborative effort between ELOKA and Yukon River Inter Tribal Watershed Council (North America), and NORDECO, NERSC and the Centre for Support of Indigenous Peoples of the North (Europe), The goal is to facilitate exchange of experience and to build further capacity in community-based observing in the Arctic There will be a particular focus on professional and cross-disciplinary skills and competences of young people to help ensure the sustainability of community-based observing into the future.
Although the specific content of these workshops is still to be decided potential topics for discussion include:
(i) using indigenous, local and scientific knowledge for informing decision making within key sectors like fisheries, tourism and industrial development;
(ii) facilitating the development of national policies in support of community-based observing and management, including access to management processes at higher levels with the aim of input provision;
(iii) designing meaningful sampling and communication strategies for maximizing precision and decision-making given available resources;
(iv) involvement of school children and the private sector (e.g. tourist operators, and staff of mining and hydrocarbon companies) in community-based observing;
(v) institutional and financial sustainability.