Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Arctic (VACCA): An analysis of the scoping study data.
Keywordsarctic council, VACCA, adaptation, climate change, SDWG, analysis, data, SAO, Kautokeino, 2008
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AbstractThe Declaration from the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting held in Salekhard, Russia in
October 2006 states that the Ministers:
Request the SAOs to direct the SDWG, drawing on the expertise of other
Working Groups, experts and stakeholders,
•to identify and share adaptation expertise and best practices and possible actions,
unique to the needs and conditions of the Arctic, so that indigenous and other
residents can better adapt to climate change,
•and to report on the status of this activity at the 2008 Ministerial meeting,
•and to make publicly available any results or lessons learned from this
Reducing vulnerability and implementing adaptation to climate change in the Arctic
represents a significant challenge for the region given the predictions in the Arctic Climate
Impact Assessment (ACIA, 2005) as well as other work such as the Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change (IPCC, 2007). Although ACIA did not specifically assess vulnerability or
adaptation needs in the Arctic, it highlighted the climate trends and projected their impacts on
Arctic environments and people. ACIA provides basic information that can inform the
planning of vulnerability reduction and adaptation measures including at the local level.
This Arctic Council project, VACCA (Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in the
Arctic) was approved by the Arctic Council in 2007 and was designed to provide practical,
useful knowledge and information sharing at different governance levels and for different
sectors so that this learning can be incorporated into policies and decision making. VACCA
has direct and indirect links to several SDWG priority subject areas, and activities of other
working groups, including follow-on to the Arctic Human Development Report (AHDR,
2004); management of natural resources; Arctic human, community, and environmental
health; energy; marine shipping; and information and communication technologies.
Kelman, Ilan; van Dam, Kim (2008). Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Arctic (VACCA): An analysis of the scoping study data. Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG).