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Provides an interdisciplinary overview of Arctic governance organizations and international law
Discusses aspects of international law and international relations in the Arctic
Forges new understanding of climate change adaptation and building of adaptive capacity on an international level
Examines whether governance mechanisms functioning in the Arctic have been able to respond to climate change adaptation needs
Climate change is affecting the Arctic environment and ecosystems at an accelerating speed, twice the rate of the global average. This is opening the Arctic to transportation and resource development and creating serious challenges for local communities and indigenous peoples.
Climate Governance in the Arctic considers two aspects of climate change from an institutional perspective. It focuses on how relevant regimes, institutions and governance systems support mitigation of climate change. It also examines the extent to which the varying governance arrangements in the Arctic support adaptation and the development of adaptation processes for the region. The book’s focus on Arctic governance offers unique insights within climate change mitigation and adaptation research.
Climate Governance in the Arctic is intended for an audience of international lawyers, international relations scholars and political scientists concerned with the regional implications of climate change for existing governance regimes and the role of indigenous peoples within those regimes.
1. Climate Governance in the Arctic: Introduction and Theoretical Framework.- Part I: Climate Change in the Arctic.- 2. The Climate Change Regime and the Arctic Region.- 3. The Climate Policy of the Arctic Council.- 4. A Changing Arctic Climate: Science and Policy in the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment.- 5. 'New governance' in the Arctic and its Role for Supporting Climate Change Adaptation.- Part II: Looking Outwards.- 6. Should the Law Governing Maritime Areas in the Arctic Adapt to Changing Climatic Circumstances?- 7. Climate Change and Arctic Fisheries.- 8. World Heritage Convention, Climate Change and the Arctic.- 9. Rethinking the Status of Indigenous Peoples in International Environmental Decision-Making; Pondering the Role of Arctic Indigenous Peoples and the Challenge of Climate Change.- 10. The Potential of the Convention on Biological Diversity to Address the Effects of Climate Change in the Arctic.- Part III: Looking Inwards.- 11. Is Adaptation Governable in the Arctic? National and Regional Approaches to Arctic Adaptation Governance.- 12. Mitigation Possibilities in the Energy Sector – an Arctic Perspective.- 13. Climate Change Policy in the Arctic: the Cases of Greenland and Nunavut.- 14. Climate Change and the Regime for the Conservation of Polar Bears.- 15. Subjective Environmentalism: The Barents Euro-Arctic Council and Its Climate Change Policy.- 16. Climate Change and the Future of Arctic Governance: A Slushy Seascape and Hard Questions.- 17. Conclusions on Climate Governance in the Arctic.- Index.