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Institute of the North Sessions at 2016 Arctic Circle Assembly

October 7-9 in Reykjavík, Iceland


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The Institute of the North is looking forward to participating in the upcoming Arctic Circle Assembly, held October 7-9, 2016 in Reykjavík, Iceland.  

 

Institute of the North will be hosting three sessions at the conference on Saturday, October 8:

  • 2:30 - 3:30 PM Renewable Energy Development in the Arctic: Circumpolar Projects that Advance Knowledge Sharing
  • 3:30 - 5:00 PM From Alaska to Lapland: Local Voices Strengthening Arctic Council Chairmanships 
  • 5:00 - 6:30 PM Emergency Preparedness in Small Communities: Project Updates 

 

Details on our sessions, including speaker biographies is below.  Registration for Arctic Circle is open online here, and a full conference agenda is available here. We hope to see you in Iceland!

-Institute of the North


 

Session Title: Renewable Energy Development in the Arctic: Circumpolar Projects that Advance Knowledge Sharing

Session Description: The Arctic region as a whole is a global leader in renewable energy development, however most development has occurred at the national or regional level with little pan-Arctic engagement. As a result, stakeholders from around the Arctic have indicated a need to share scientific data, best practices, research results, and local knowledge to encourage adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency strategies that take advantage of the lessons learned and expertise gained across the region. A number of high-level projects are underway that will promote science-based decision making as well as encourage clean energy development. This session highlights some of these initiatives led by partners from the Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group, Arctic Fulbright Initiative program, Institute of the North, Alaska Center for Energy and Power, and the World Wildlife Fund. These projects are designed to 1) create an online pan-Arctic atlas of renewable energy resources and development and complimentary tool for knowledge sharing; 2) develop a guide of best practices for remote community renewable energy integration and efficiency; and 3) build training and knowledge-sharing opportunities to increase capacity within Arctic regions, with a special emphasis on the unique challenges of remote energy systems in off-grid communities.

Speakers:

Moderator: Nils Andreassen, Executive Director, Institute of the North

Renewable and Remote Energy Development in the Arctic: An Arctic Fulbright Initiative” – Dr. Greg Poelzer, University of Saskatchewan

Arctic Remote Energy Network Academy (ARENA): An SDWG Project to Increase Capacity” - Dr. Gwen Holdmann, Director, Alaska Center for Energy and Power

Arctic Renewable Energy Atlas: An SDWG Project for Renewable Energy Data Visualization” – Nils Andreassen, Project Manager, Institute of the North

Supporting Renewable Energy Development in Alaska, Greenland, Canada and Russia: A Project of WWF” - Anne Mette Erlandsson Christiansen, Renewable Energy Program Director, WWF Sweden


 

Session Title: From Alaska to Lapland – Local Voices Strengthening Arctic Council Chairmanships

Session Description: This roundtable discussion will reflect on Alaska’s experience in coordinating a subnational host committee, which has organized side events during the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, on the margins of SDWG and SAO meetings. Alaskan speakers will share their experience in convening a diverse group of community, political, economic and indigenous leaders; and methodology related to advancing areas of interest to the state. Lapland, similarly, has convened a Host Committee in anticipation of the Finnish Chairmanship, and speakers will share their planning to date. A facilitated discussion will identify commonalities and differences, and work to solidify host committee planning as a best practice during future chairmanships of the Arctic Council.

Speakers:

Moderators: Nils Andreassen, Executive Director, Institute of the North; and Timo Koivurova, Arctic Centre

“Advocating for Alaskan Priorities” - Craig Fleener, Senior Advisor, Arctic Policy & Climate Change, Office of the Governor, Alaska

“Highlighting Alaska’s Research Capabilities” - Dr. Michael Sfraga, Vice Chancellor, University of Alaska Fairbanks

“Lapland as a Partner in the Finnish Chairmanship” - Mika Riipi, County Governor of Lapland

“Arctic Business Interests” - Timo Rautajoki, President & CEO, Lapland Chamber of Commerce, Finland


 

Session Title: Emergency Preparedness in Small Communities: Project Updates 

Session Description: This interactive session will focus on a current project of the Arctic Council’s EPPR Working Group, “PPR in Small Communities.” The project will produce a database of community-level preparedness, comprised of information related to planning, training, risk, impact and response assets. Participants will review the scoping document, suggest additional resources, provide feedback on the evaluative mechanism and generally comment on oil spill planning, preparedness and response at a local level.

Speakers:

Oil Spill Preparedness in Small Communities: A Circumpolar, Local Approach to Risk and Response” – Nils Andreassen, Executive Director, Institute of the North

Applied Research and Cooperation for Successful Search and Rescue Operations” - Tor Husjord, CEO, Maritimt Forum North, Norway

Building Capacity within Local Communities: An Indigenous-Driven, Innovative Solution” – Anthony Edwardsen, President & CEO, Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC)

 

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