Transatlantic Policy Options for Supporting Adaptation in the Marine Arctic
The Arctic TRANSFORM project, funded by the European Commission‘s Directorate General of External Relations, engaged experts in a transatlantic discussion of five Arctic-related thematic areas: indigenous peoples, environmental governance, fisheries, offshore hydrocarbon activities, and shipping. Expert working groups addressed each thematic area with the goal of developing policy options for the Arctic marine area. This policy brief draws upon a series of background papers, expert meetings and interviews to provide an overview of the international and EU governance options for addressing the rapid changes underway in the region.
While reflecting the opinions of its authors, and not necessarily the views of the European Commission, this policy brief benefits from the opinions and insights of the experts participating in the five Arctic TRANSFORM working groups. An important consideration for informing the selection of policy options has been the international and transatlantic consensus reflected in recent policy developments, which is arguably an indicator of the political viability of any policy proposal. Still, where action beyond the boundaries of current national positions appears necessary, more ambitious policy options are also proposed. This policy brief [pdf, 408 KB, English] is available for download.