Strategic Assessment of Development of the Arctic

The ‘Strategic Assessment of Development of the Arctic: Assessment Conducted for the European Union” report considers the trends and developments taking place in the European Arctic today. That includes a view to 2030, with an emphasis on the uncertainties. The analysis has been conducted on the basis of seven themes focused on change. The implications of Arctic changes for the European Union as well as the role of EU policies and actions in the Arctic are examined. The European Arctic is understood here as the part of the circumpolar Arctic located between Greenland and northwest Russia.

The report is the main outcome of the ‘Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment of development of the Arctic’, a project funded by the European Commission and carried out by a network of 19 European research and communication institutions specialised in Arctic affairs, led by the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland. It contributes to the EU Arctic Information Centre initiative. All project partners participated in the assessment work, but the results and findings are the sole responsibility of the authors of this report.

Enhancing dialogue between Arctic actors, experts and EU policy-makers was a focus. Therefore, involving Arctic stakeholders through workshops, an online questionnaire and direct outreach comprised a key component of the study. The authors developed recommendations by building on ideas proposed by stakeholders.

The annexes, including the reports from stakeholder consultations, are available only in the online version of this report.

Chapters from SADA

(Correction (20 November 2014): on pp. 55 and 63 the inaccurate wording regarding possible RFMO in the Arctic Ocean has been corrected.)
The figure 3.6. on p. 29 showing EU GHG emissions by sector presented the data in a misleading manner and thus it has been corrected in February 2015

Chapter 1:
Scope, Methodology and Stakeholder Engagement

Chapter 2:
The European Union and the Arctic Region: An Ongoing Learning Process

Chapter 3:
Climate Change in the Arctic

Chapter 4:
Changes in Arctic Maritime Transport

Chapter 5:
Changing Nature of Arctic Fisheries

Chapter 6:
Developing Oil and Gas Resources in Arctic Waters

Chapter 7:
Mining in The European Arctic

Chapter 8:
Activities Affecting Land Use in the European Arctic

Chapter 9:
Social and Cultural Changes in the European Actic

Chapter 10:
General Key Messages and Suggestions for EU Arctic Policy




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