Sustainable Arctic Tourism II

NLAI’s Jonathan Turner joined a week long workshop in Iceland earlier this year. The University of Southern Denmark (SDU) and Polar Research and Policy Initiative (PRPI) hosted the event as part of a multi-year, cross-disciplinary international project on Sustainable Tourism Development in the Nordic Arctic, with the support of the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science, Nordregio (Nordic Council of Ministers) and University of the Arctic (UArctic). The project also involves the active participation of a number of institutional partners across Europe and North America, including governments, tourism boards, tour operators, universities, think-tanks and foundations. 

The network’s aim is to investigate how to utilise existing human capital, natural resources (especially marine living resources) and infrastructure capacity to develop innovative sustainable tourism that can diversify and make Arctic economic development more resilient. The Blue Economy connections are obvious many of the work shop sessions explored the balance that is being sought between enabling financial prosperity and meeting the needs of the environment and societies.

The workshop was held in Akureyri, Húsavík and Reykjavík from 18-22 March 2019, followed by a high-level dialogue hosted in the Alþingi – the Parliament of Iceland – and a networking reception hosted by the Ambassador of Canada to Iceland, Dr Anne-Tamara Lorre, at her residence in Reykjavík on the last day. The report below provides the aims, objectives and proceedings of the second workshop in Northern Iceland, while the short video offers a visual summary of the workshop. The report and the film were launched formally at a dialogue on Sustainable Arctic Tourism hosted by the Polar Research and Policy Initiative and the University of Southern Denmark at the Embassy of Iceland in London on 26 June 2019.

Watch the short film about the workshop here:

Read the report and proceedings here:

Protecting the silent protector – before it’s too late

Protecting the silent protector – before it’s too late

The plight of the planet’s coral reefs have been thrust once again into the spotlight in recent days. The most eye-catching headlines were also, sadly, the grimmest. A new report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) stated that nature is declining at rates not previously witnessed in human history, with plenty of concerning emphasis on the world’s seas and oceans. Launched in Paris, the report was compiled over three years by 450 experts, and draws from over 15,000 scientific and government sources. The authors pulled no punches in asserting that ‘transformative changes’ are required in order to protect and preserve various parts of the natural world.

Aquasense Research

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We’re currently seeking insights from aquaculture and mariculture industry representatives.

If you operate in this sector and would like to complete a short survey or take part in a brief interview please let us know. The survey takes no more than 7mins to complete and is available here.

We’d very much appreciate the opportunity to learn more about the way you operate. In particular we are exploring the extent to which remote sensing is already (and could further) improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Sustainable Arctic Tourism

Tourism is arguably the most accessible theme across the blue economy spectrum.  Perhaps it’s almost too obvious when considered against deep ocean exploration, mineral extraction, fishing in the open ocean and a host of other themes and industries that seem somehow more mysterious and commercial but marine and coastal tourism accounts for 26% of the blue economy, making it the joint second largest ocean industry. Only the oil and gas sector is considered to have higher economic value in the ocean domain.