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Project Name: Arctic Resilience Action Framework: 2017-2019 Implementation

Date of Update:

Lead Arctic Council State(s) and Permanent Participant(s): Finland, Sweden, USA

Names of Project Leads & Contact Information:

Name: Saara Lilja Rothsten (Finland)


Name: Marcus Carson and Jeanette Krantz (Sweden)


Name: Sarah Abdelrahim (USA)


Brief Project Summary:

The Arctic Resilience Action Framework (ARAF) is an organizing framework to improve coordination and enhance shared learning using the resilience approach as a tool. The ARAF was developed with input from the Arctic Council States, Permanent Participants, and all six of the Arctic Council Working Groups, and it was adopted in May 2017. Using the ARAF document as a starting point, the ARAF Implementation project (2017-2019) will advance conversations about resilience within the Arctic Council.

Implementation of the Arctic Resilience Action Framework (ARAF) will involve three activities:

1. Identify actions that are being taken by the Arctic Council States, Permanent Participants, and Working Groups, in 2017-2019, that build resilience

2. Develop a catalog of protocols and indicators that can measure progress towards building resilience

3. Plan an Arctic Resilience Forum to discuss best practices and challenges around building resilience. The Arctic Resilience Forum will take place September 10-11, 2018 in Rovaniemi, Finland. All Arctic Council Working Groups will be invited to take part in smaller discussions on the second day of the Forum.

Anticipated Completion Date: May 2019

STATUS [ahead of /on /behind schedule]: Behind schedule (it took more time than anticipated to form the Implementation Team – the project is now moving forward quickly)

Accomplishments to Date and Anticipated Deliverables for Ministerial 2019

Convened first teleconference of the ARAF Implementation Team (which includes representation from all eight Member States and several Permanent Participants).

Next Upcoming Milestones: (e.g. meetings, workshops, publications, etc.)

  • There will be a meeting on 21 March in Levi, Finland, to which all six of the Working Group Chairs/Executive Secretaries will be invited. The purpose of the meeting is to invite and discuss input to the planning of the Arctic Resilience Forum in September.

  • The Arctic Resilience Forum agenda will be updated and refined, according to input from the Implementation Team, Working Groups, and other stakeholders.

  • The Implementation Team will compile a set of actions that their country or organization is taking to address ARAF resilience priorities, with an emphasis on a few best examples that should be showcased at the Arctic Resilience Forum in Rovaniemi and beyond.

  • The project co-leads will work with the six Working Group Chairs and Executive Secretaries to a compile a list of actions that Working Groups are taking that build resilience.

  • The project co-leads will work with the Implementation Team to identify available information and expertise to develop the inventory of measurement protocols and indicators.

Current Challenges/Obstacles to Project Completion (if any):

Continued outreach to Working Groups and SAOs to achieve a common understanding of what resilience “looks” like within the context of the Arctic Council. However, the ARAF project is an opportunity to improve the Arctic Council’s common understanding of the resilience approach and an opportunity to strengthen Working Group collaboration on the resilience topic.

Communications Information: (e.g. Topline Messages to share publicly; photos, documents, other information to share on SDWG website/Facebook Page)

  • Resilience is a cross-cutting issue that is increasingly important for the Arctic Council. Arctic States, Permanent Participants, and all six of the Arctic Council Working Groups are involved in activities that build resilience.

  • A resilience approach emphasizes interlinked social-ecological systems; interdisciplinary collaboration; the integration of scientific disciplines and knowledge systems; interactions at the local, regional, national and international levels; and the bridging of knowledge, policy and practice.

  • The ARAF Implementation project will bring together Arctic States, Permanent Participants, and the six Working Groups to increase discussion and interdisciplinary collaboration around the resilience topic.

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