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Agnes Kolodziej

Political Affairs Officer, Embassy of Canada, Germany

"Personally, I think the Arctic Council provides a means for promoting cooperation, cordination and interaction, between the Arctic States, but also between state actors and indigenous populations. The indigenous peoples’ voice needs to be heard and understood in order to develop a sustainable Arctic that serves the interest of its native peoples. In order to stay relevant, the Arctic Council needs to develop from consultation to decision-making. The first legally binding agreement on Search and Rescue is a prime example for this. I also think that it is key to include the private sector, for example in resource development.  Environmental organizations and independent research institutes should keep a close eye on the Arctic region and continue to provide policy recommendations."

Arne Riedel

Researcher, Ecologic Institute, Germany

"The problem of Arctic environmental regulation seems to be twofold: despite an increased interest and funding of research in the area, policy makers still seem to be lacking the data to create appropriate responses. On the other hand, improving research e.g. on the influence of hydrocarbon and mineral extraction, shipping routes, fishery regimes, and transboundary pollution on the Arctic environment is challenged not only by a lack of data but also by the variety of international fora concerned with these matters."

Dan Hurley

Principal & Vice-President, Hurley Martin Consulting Services, Inc., Canada

"The Arctic region is in need of a system of “networked governance”; a tool that recognizes and allows all stakeholders to be part of the decision-making process supporting collaboration across national or regional boundaries, promoting best management practices, as well as adopting successful protocols developed by the world’s best experts.  Utilizing information technology, it is a governance model formed by the partnership of a constellation of actors that can share ideas and resources to mobilize change – often with extreme rapidity – on a variety of shared global problems."


David Johnson

Executive Secretary, OSPAR Commission, United Kingdom

"In my view critical steps towards developing a sustainable Arctic include: placing collective environmental values above vested interests without jeopardising sovereign rights; establishing an agreed regulatory framework for the Arctic in line with UNCLOS; formulating an Arctic-wide marine spatial plan recognising the legitimacy of existing traditional human uses, undertaking an appropriate risk assessment for ‘new’ human activities as a precursor to some form of strict permit regime; and creating an appropriate monitoring, surveillance and enforcement capability."

Dorothée Cambou

Doctoral Researcher, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

"Both environmental policy and the management of natural resources need to be assessed in concordance with indigenous peoples’ interests. To achieve this goal, indigenous’ rights must be better defined and implemented. The study of indigenous rights as an emerging topic of international human rights is therefore relevant and beneficial to developing a sustainable Arctic."

Dorothée Herr

Marine Programme Officer, IUCN Washington DC Office, United States

"As part of the IUCN Polar team I have been engaged in several IUCN lead expert workshops – both on Arctic marine policy/governance issues as well as scientific mapping exercises in the Arctic marine environment. This College will provide a platform to further exchange the results obtained from our work, as well as receive input to improve and strengthen IUCN’s ongoing and future Arctic activities.”


Duncan Depledge

Research Analyst, Climate Change and Security Programme, Royal United Services Institute, United Kingdom

"The complex relationships between human activity and rapid environmental change are more visible in the Arctic than anywhere else in the world. Relying on an old division of labour between the natural and the social sciences is not the most efficient way of understanding these processes – mutual comprehension of human and nonhuman processes (and the methodologies used to understand them) is required at a much earlier stage of research. New conceptual tools are needed to operate at the interface between humans and the environment which better bring together insights from both the natural and social sciences."

Elizabeth Tedsen

Researcher and Coordinator of the Arctic Summer College, Ecologic Institute, Germany

"Change in the Arctic is inevitable and rapidly occurring, bringing with it a range of new risks and opportunities. To manage this extraordinary transformation, improving existing governance and regulatory frameworks prior to a major increase in activity is critical for effectively and sustainably managing imminent development decisions. International cooperation, encouraged through the Arctic Council, will continue to be essential for protecting the vulnerable Arctic environment, facilitating participation of indigenous and local communities, and advancing scientific understanding of regional and global processes."

Gerd Braune

Freelance Correspondent, Canada

"We must listen to the people of the North, especially the aboriginal people. What are their hopes and fears? What do they want to achieve? How can we balance their traditions and the needs for economic development? A sustainable Arctic includes responsible development of natural resources, the protection of the environment and the development of healthy communities in the North."


Golo Bartsch

Associate, Ecologic Institute, Germany

"From my point of view, all of the changes and opportunities in the High North, whether environmental or otherwise, will depend on the pattern of governance that emerges in the near future. The earlier social and natural sciences combine their knowledge in this regard, the better the chances become to develop affordable, politically workable and truly sustainable solutions for the Arctic -- and beyond."


Jessica Shadian

Associated Researcher, Anthropology Research Team, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, (based in France)

"Policies for Arctic sustainable development must begin with an understanding that Arctic governance accounts not only for the ownership over the Arctic by the 8 Arctic states but also the unique indigenous governance institutions and corporations which control much of the Arctic’s resources and development."

Malgorzata Smieszek

Development Coordinator, College of Europe/Jagiellonian University, Poland

"In my view the most critical element of developing a sustainable Arctic is raising constantly awareness of policy- and decision-makers of the importance of the Arctic in regulating global climate and the role of its biodiversity on the one hand and the extreme vulnerability of the system on the other. Simple as it sounds I still think that without bringing Arctic closer to centers of economic and political influence no sustainable development of the region with so vast natural resources and economic potential can be reached."


Martha McConnell
Manager, Polar Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature, United States
"Continued learning of disparate activities and actors in the Arctic region is of great interest to me to help advance sustainable development and conservation of marine and polar resources. Working with the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Coast Guard Academy, I worked with students, decision makers, and the public to think about the oceans in four dimensions, with the fourth dimension being time.  From my work, I have found that a vital component in the transition from scientific research and assessment to informed decisions is the effective communication of scientific information."
Mary Turnipseed

Arctic Fellow, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, United States

"Deliberate planning of our use of ocean ecosystems is absolutely critical to sustaining the services they provide. Therefore, marine spatial planning (MSP) grounded in ecosystem-based management principles, could potentially play a key role in securing sustainable development of the Arctic writ large. If tied to the conservation of ecosystem services, as well as to particular social goals of Arctic communities, MSP could uniquely foster a successful envisioning process and eventual zoning of activities in Arctic waters, before many of them are entrenched.”


Mathilde Mansoz

Transatlantic Fellow, Ecologic Institute, Germany

"Having survived and adapted to the Arctic environment for millennia, indigenous communities have extensive knowledge about the Arctic. But even as most stakeholders recognize that indigenous communities must be involved, the challenge is how to make this happen."


Michał Łuszczuk

Associate Professor, International Relations Department, Maria Curie Sklodowska University, Poland

"The sustainable development in the Arctic should be perceived not only from the regional perspective. The Arctic and the way how it is treated now and how it will be regarded and modernised in the coming years have also more broader context or even global dimension. I am convinced then, that the most critical issue for developing a sustainable Arctic is to create a worldwide coalition of the people engaged in the process of responsible comprehensive developments in the region."

Sandra Cavalieri

Senior Fellow, Ecologic Institute, (based in France)

"Despite mounting evidence of threats to the Arctic’s fragile marine, terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems, environmental issues are being side-lined in Arctic policy debates. New thinking and increased awareness are needed to help decision makers put strong measures in place to prevent accidents and large-scale environmental degradation in the Arctic region. An active, international, policy-based network representing scientific research, local and indigenous people, government and industry is essential to help decision makers address these challenges."

Thibaud Henin

Doctoral Student/Graduate Teaching Fellow, Department of Political Science, University of Oregon, United States

"Ultimately, the most important development is the push towards problem-oriented approaches which seek to create post-disciplinary research.  Solutions to complex, fluid problems require the input of many disciplines.  Separating approaches according to discipline and compartmentalizing research is counter-effective. Promoting dialogue between those who are conducting research in Arctic is crucial in order to generate innovative responses to climate change and create lasting, sustainable, Arctic institutions."

Timothy James

Researcher, Glaciology Group, Swansea University, United Kingdom

"It’s a growing part of our responsibilities as publically funded researchers to carry out third mission activities; those activities that “stimulate and direct the application and exploitation of knowledge to the benefit of the social, cultural and economic development of our society” (Higher Education Funding Council for Wales). Typically, scientists take this to mean sharing our research with the public. However, there are more ways scientists can contribute than just public outreach. When I saw the announcement for the Arctic Summer College, I immediately recognised that this was exactly what I’d been seeking."

Tom Fries

Nonresident Senior Fellow, The Arctic Institute and Senior Project Manager, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Germany

"The Arctic is one of the few regions of the world in which the opportunity still exists to create functional, flexible and responsive governance based on collaboration between civil society, government and business. In most of the world, heavy institutions filled with legacy staff have an iron grip on important policy debates. In contrast, Arctic governance is a young, vibrant and developing landscape. This is a rare opportunity to set the tone for the rest of the globe by establishing a better model of collaborative governance rather than simply a smaller version of what already exists elsewhere."

Yuliya Zaika

Researcher, Khibiny Scientific Station of the Faculty of Geography Lomonosov Moscow State University and President, The APECS (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists), Russian Federation

"As a high-Arctic Russian native, we are developing as a highly industrialized region. The main issue for its sustainable development is the proper management and efficient natural resources exploration, which is a governmental responsibility that affects the arctic environment, as well as our native residents. It is crucial that we initiate a dialogue between stakeholders, policy makers, industry and scientists."