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Project Team Contact Information 
Co-ordinator: 
Ecologic – Institute for International 
and European Environmental Policy, 
Germany, www.ecologic.eu 
Partners: 
Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, 
Finland, www.arcticcentre.org 
Netherlands Institute for the Law of the 
Sea (NILOS) Utrecht University, The 
Netherlands, www.uu.nl/ 
The Heinz Center, United States of 
America, www.heinzctr.org/index.shtml 
For additional information about the project, 
please refer to the project website: 
www.arctic-transform.org 
For all inquires about the project, please contact: 
Sandra.Cavalieri@ecologic.eu 
Ecologic – Institute for International and European 
Environmental Policy 
Pfalzburger Strasse 43/44 
D-10717 Berlin 
Phone: +49 30 86 88 0-0 
Fax: +49 30 86 88 0-100 
www.ecologic.eu 
This project is funded by the 
European Commission, 
Directorate General 
External Relations. 
TRANSATLANTIC POLICY OPTIONS 
FOR SUPPORTING ADAPTATIONS IN 
THE MARINE ARCTIC 
TRANSATLANTIC POLICY OPTIONS 
FOR SUPPORTING ADAPTATIONS IN 
THE MARINE ARCTIC 
Images courtesy of USFWS, NOAA, USEPA and Ecologic.
Why the Arctic? Goals & Objectives Activities 
During the course of the project, which runs from 
January 2008 to June 2009, there will be two stake-holder- 
based workshops and a final conference to 
present the policy options in Brussels, Belgium. 
The first meeting provided an opportunity for the co-chairs 
of the working groups to meet the project 
team, review the Arctic policy context report and 
discuss next steps in preparing the comparative 
analysis between U.S. and EU Arctic policy. 
A second meeting brought together all project 
partners as well as external academics, policymakers 
and other stakeholders for a two day workshop. 
Participants discussed ways to further transatlantic 
dialogue on possible methods of collaboration 
between EU and U.S. policymakers in developing 
adaptation strategies to cope with the effects of 
climate change on the Arctic marine environment. 
The final conference, to be held in Brussels on 9 
March 2009, will bring together 150 participants 
representing EU and U.S. policymakers and Arctic 
stakeholders to engage in dialogue related to project 
activities. The final conference will provide means of 
reaching a wide audience to solicit feedback and 
disseminate results. 
The Arctic region is considered by scientists and 
experts to be the world’s harbinger of climate 
change. Temperatures are rising in the region at 
almost twice the rate as the rest of the world. At the 
same time, the rapidly melting sea-ice is also a 
source of feedbacks that further fuel the rising 
temperatures around the globe. Given the wide reach 
of the impacts, developments in the Arctic environ-ment 
are rightfully a worldwide concern. 
Regionally, the physical change in the Arctic will 
introduce new opportunities and challenges affecting 
human activity and the marine environment. The 
expected localised impacts are accompanied by new 
debates concerning commercial activities, environ-mental 
governance and indigenous peoples, 
highlighting a need for developing policy options to 
govern the expansion of activity in the Arctic. In 
response to this need, Arctic TRANSFORM con-venes 
experts from both sides of the Atlantic and 
from a range of disciplines to discuss the emerging 
issues and possible solutions. Impacts affecting the 
Arctic marine environment are being considered in 
terms of the economy, environment, society, re-search, 
and policy decision-making. 
The goal of the Arctic TRANSFORM project is to 
develop transatlantic policy options for supporting 
adaptation in the marine Arctic environment. It 
places a special emphasis on involving a broad 
range of stakeholders to address the major climate 
issues facing the region. This is achieved through 
the creation of five thematic working groups with 
representatives from indigenous communities, 
environmental groups, the offshore hydrocarbon 
industry, the shipping industry, and the commercial 
fishing industry. 
Key project objectives include: 
• To promote mutual exchange in the working 
groups among EU and U.S. policymakers and 
stakeholders on approaches to Arctic 
governance and adaptation; 
• To provide a comparative analysis of existing 
policies and make recommendations with 
substantial buy-in as to how to strengthen co-operation 
between the EU and U.S.; and 
• To encourage dialogue and thus improve 
conditions for further transatlantic policy 
development and more effective protection of 
the Arctic marine environment.

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Arctic transform brochure

  • 1. Project Team Contact Information Co-ordinator: Ecologic – Institute for International and European Environmental Policy, Germany, www.ecologic.eu Partners: Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Finland, www.arcticcentre.org Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS) Utrecht University, The Netherlands, www.uu.nl/ The Heinz Center, United States of America, www.heinzctr.org/index.shtml For additional information about the project, please refer to the project website: www.arctic-transform.org For all inquires about the project, please contact: Sandra.Cavalieri@ecologic.eu Ecologic – Institute for International and European Environmental Policy Pfalzburger Strasse 43/44 D-10717 Berlin Phone: +49 30 86 88 0-0 Fax: +49 30 86 88 0-100 www.ecologic.eu This project is funded by the European Commission, Directorate General External Relations. TRANSATLANTIC POLICY OPTIONS FOR SUPPORTING ADAPTATIONS IN THE MARINE ARCTIC TRANSATLANTIC POLICY OPTIONS FOR SUPPORTING ADAPTATIONS IN THE MARINE ARCTIC Images courtesy of USFWS, NOAA, USEPA and Ecologic.
  • 2. Why the Arctic? Goals & Objectives Activities During the course of the project, which runs from January 2008 to June 2009, there will be two stake-holder- based workshops and a final conference to present the policy options in Brussels, Belgium. The first meeting provided an opportunity for the co-chairs of the working groups to meet the project team, review the Arctic policy context report and discuss next steps in preparing the comparative analysis between U.S. and EU Arctic policy. A second meeting brought together all project partners as well as external academics, policymakers and other stakeholders for a two day workshop. Participants discussed ways to further transatlantic dialogue on possible methods of collaboration between EU and U.S. policymakers in developing adaptation strategies to cope with the effects of climate change on the Arctic marine environment. The final conference, to be held in Brussels on 9 March 2009, will bring together 150 participants representing EU and U.S. policymakers and Arctic stakeholders to engage in dialogue related to project activities. The final conference will provide means of reaching a wide audience to solicit feedback and disseminate results. The Arctic region is considered by scientists and experts to be the world’s harbinger of climate change. Temperatures are rising in the region at almost twice the rate as the rest of the world. At the same time, the rapidly melting sea-ice is also a source of feedbacks that further fuel the rising temperatures around the globe. Given the wide reach of the impacts, developments in the Arctic environ-ment are rightfully a worldwide concern. Regionally, the physical change in the Arctic will introduce new opportunities and challenges affecting human activity and the marine environment. The expected localised impacts are accompanied by new debates concerning commercial activities, environ-mental governance and indigenous peoples, highlighting a need for developing policy options to govern the expansion of activity in the Arctic. In response to this need, Arctic TRANSFORM con-venes experts from both sides of the Atlantic and from a range of disciplines to discuss the emerging issues and possible solutions. Impacts affecting the Arctic marine environment are being considered in terms of the economy, environment, society, re-search, and policy decision-making. The goal of the Arctic TRANSFORM project is to develop transatlantic policy options for supporting adaptation in the marine Arctic environment. It places a special emphasis on involving a broad range of stakeholders to address the major climate issues facing the region. This is achieved through the creation of five thematic working groups with representatives from indigenous communities, environmental groups, the offshore hydrocarbon industry, the shipping industry, and the commercial fishing industry. Key project objectives include: • To promote mutual exchange in the working groups among EU and U.S. policymakers and stakeholders on approaches to Arctic governance and adaptation; • To provide a comparative analysis of existing policies and make recommendations with substantial buy-in as to how to strengthen co-operation between the EU and U.S.; and • To encourage dialogue and thus improve conditions for further transatlantic policy development and more effective protection of the Arctic marine environment.