The Rural North – Opportunities and Challenges for Scottish and Arctic Communities

Image by Bill Kasman from Pixabay. Disclaimer: This post has originally been published for Polar Connection. Introduction The recently released Scottish Arctic Policy Framework provides significant insight into the parallel challenges and opportunities that both Scotland and the Arctic region face. In this post, I will focus on the role of local (rural) communities. In the …

CITES and the Polar Bear

Introduction The parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) are currently meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, for the 18th Conference of the Parties (CoP). The CoP discusses far-reaching issues that aim to curb the illegal trade in endangered wildlife and to limit trade in species that are …

For Biodiversity and Beyond! A Scenario for Transformative Regime Change in the Arctic Region

Introduction In their paper “Integrating Proximal and Horizon Threats to Biodiversity for Conservation,” published on 23 May in Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Bonebrake et al. pick up the idea of ‘transformative change’, which has been put forward by the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). ‘Transformative change’ is considered to be “a …

Canada becomes third party to ratify commercial fishing regulation in the Central Arctic Ocean

The protection of biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction is an issue of immense importance for global conservation efforts. After all, around 61% of the world's oceans are areas which are not part of any state's 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which makes them in principle susceptible to uncontrolled commercial exploitation. The Arctic has seen …

Call for Papers – Edited book on Non-governmental actors in the polar regions

The role of non-governmental actors (NGA) in the polar regions has been discussed in different articles and books, but a comprehensive volume assessing their normative role for the lives of people, institutions and laws in both the Arctic and Antarctic has yet to be released. The planned volume Non-governmental Actors in the Polar Regions aims …

A thin Arctic statement, and a thick worrying report

The second week of May 2019 started with two important events: the release of a summary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services' (IPBES) Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services; and the Eleventh Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council (AC). These two events are crucial events for the advancement of our …