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Arctic Ocean and Coastal Community Sustainable Collaborations
by The Arctic Institute (Civil society organization)
At The Arctic Institute, our team puts well-researched evidence into action. Both a think-and-do-tank, we believe that policy recommendations and capacity building programs must be rooted in strategic, field-based research. That's why were committed to providing practical projects backed by rigorous research. As water warms and ice melts, the Arctic Ocean is changing rapidly. More cargo and tourism ships are navigating icy waters. Fish stocks are changing their course. Valuable natural resources are becoming easier to extract. These changes are not only shifting ecological, economic, and political boundaries; they also change states access and rights to maritime resources like hydrocarbons, fisheries, and seabed minerals. Across the region, concerns over maritime resource ownership, search and rescue, management, sustainability, and emergency response are quickly emerging. A New Ocean explores how Arctic actors can use multilateral cooperation to overcome emerging maritime security and safety concerns. Our researchers analyze the needs and demands across the Arctic Ocean to better understand how current marine resource regimes are able to respond and adapt to a changing environment.

At the Arctic Institute, were committed to exploring unanswered questions of how states can effectively respond to the challenges of a new Arctic Ocean. While agreements on search and rescue and oil spill response have been signed and an Arctic Coast Guard Forum has been created, questions remain whether such efforts are sufficient, and to what extent in-place multilateral cooperation can alleviate growing regional pressures. Through innovative reports, commentary, and policy briefs, our researchers are looking beyond the conventional to propose innovative analyses and solutions to the Norths new maritime status quoes.

In the Arctic, as in the rest of the world, creating a more secure maritime environment requires collaboration between and engagement with many different stakeholders. National governments, who choose what capabilities to invest in; the coast guard, who handle a growing number of tasks in the Arctic Ocean; industry, who move innovation and economic development; and local and indigenous communities who rely on the Ocean for livelihoods, traditions, and transit routes are all critical to the security conversation. By partnering with organizations like the Norwegian Shipowners Association and the Korean Maritime Institute who share our vision of a more secure Arctic Ocean, were creating a global network of actors to make that vision a reality.

A crucial component of fostering a more secure Arctic maritime community is the dissemination and accumulation of knowledge through events. Through its global network of researchers and scholars, the Arctic Institute brings together political, industry, and community Arctic and non-Arctic actors in workshops and seminars foster a dialogue around maritime recourse management, boundary disputes, emergency response, and shipping in a rapidly changing region.
Progress reports
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Scientific cooperation
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Activities to raise awareness of the comprehensive legal and policy framework for the sustainable development of oceans and seas, in particular UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments and promote their effective im
Restore ecosystems by pairing skills-based volunteers with coastal communities on nature-based adaptation to climate change.
Raise awareness of UNCLOS in relation to the Arctic Ocean; pollution in the Arctic Ocean; and opportunities for conservation in the Arctic Ocean through a collaborative educational summer 2019 series.
Foster a network of young Arctic scholars to increase scientific knowledge, research and technology for ocean health and protecting
In-kind contribution
Volunteer and networking of young leaders, researchers, and scientists.
Basic information
Time-frame: 01/2019 - 01/2020
The Arctic Institute (Civil society organization)
Ocean Basins
  • Arctic Ocean
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Victoria Herrmann, Managing Director , leadership@thearcticinstitute.org , +1-202.350.1384
Washington, DC, United States
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