A new book!

A new book! Together with Dr Dwayne Ryan Menezes of the Polar Research and Policy Initiative (PRPI), Dr Nikolas Sellheim edited a book entitled Non-state Actors in the Arctic Region. The book is the first of its kind to address the multitude of non-state actors that exert their influence in the Arctic, in Arctic governance, …

The conflict between a ‘green economy’ and indigenous livelihoods: a Norwegian case.

Introduction 11 October 2021 marked an important day for the indigenous Sámi in Norway: the Norwegian Supreme Court ruled that traditional reindeer grazing grounds on the Fosen Peninsula in Central Norway cannot be used as a site for wind turbines, operated by Fosen Vind. This means that two large wind farms, Roan and Storheia, may …

Faroese government announces evaluation of the dolphin drive of 12 September 2021

The dolphin drive that took place on 12 September 2021 and which sparked international outcry is to be evaluated, as the Faroese government announced on 16 September. In the statement, the government makes clear that in light of the sheer size of the pod - two times larger than the second largest pod recorded - …

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 …