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The Arctic Ocean Beyond National Jurisdiction

The Arctic Ocean Beyond National Jurisdiction

A conference on "The Arctic Ocean Beyond National Jurisdiction" at the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 24 to 27 July 2011 explored the opportunities and challenges of expanded human use and options for future governance of the Central Arctic Ocean. R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute participated as invited expert contributor in the conference.

The conference was co-convened by Dalhousie University of Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) and focused on issues of relevance to the Central Arctic Ocean (beyond the national jurisdictions of the 5 coastal Arctic states), in particular:

  • Living resources and the environment
  • Scientific research, and coordination
  • Marine navigation
  • Security policy
  • International seabed and the extended continental shelf

Conference results were introduced into the 2011 Arctic Summer College at Ecologic Institute. The initiative built on and disseminated the results of the Ecologic Institute ARCTIC TRANSFORM Dialogue on Transatlantic Policy Options for Supporting Adaptation in the Marine Arctic.

R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute contributed insights from the Ecologic Institute Arctic Program and its projects, as well as background to the EU's and Germany's interest in Arctic policy and governance, including the EU Arctic Footprint and Policy Assessment (AFPA).

Lisa Speer of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) presented the results of a joint project of the NRDC, IUCN, Scripps Institution and Ecologic Institute identifying and mapping 77 ecologically or biologically significant areas in the Arctic marine environment.

R. Andreas Kraemer participated also as a member of the board of the Foundation for the Good Governance of International Spaces (Our Spaces).

University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), United States
Dalhousie University (DAL), Canada
June 2011 to August 2011
Project ID
international seabed, continental shelf, resources, maritime, navigation, marine, energy, ecosystem-based management, governance, UNCLOS, Arctic Council, Central Arctic Ocean, Arctic, Arctic Ocean