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Arctic Resilience Forum: Sharing best-practices for improving Arctic resilience

The Arctic Resilience Forum held in Rovaniemi, Finland, 10-11 September gathered around 100 Arctic experts, policymakers, and various key stakeholders. The purpose of the event was to strengthen cooperation on work related to resilience to the impacts of climate change and to present and discuss resilience best-practices from Arctic Council Working Groups’ and other stakeholder’s projects.

Resilience means the capacity of communities and systems to recover and restore themselves from various kinds of crises and disturbances. The Arctic region is changing rapidly, and the speed of ongoing change makes adaptation extremely challenging. Governments, indigenous peoples, local communities, researchers, and businesses must work together to build resilience to the social-ecological changes that are underway.

The Arctic Resilience Forum is a part of the 2017-2019 Finnish Chairmanship programme of the Arctic Council and was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.

The Arctic Resilience Action Framework (ARAF) was endorsed at the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Fairbanks, USA in May 2017. It provides the Council with a common frame of reference for building resilience in the Arctic region. The initial phase of the ARAF implementation is occurring in the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) in cooperation with the other Arctic Council Working Groups.