Global Change in the Arctic and Co-production of Knowledge
UNESCO release, 27 September 2012

PARIS, FRANCE: The Arctic region is warming at roughly twice the global average rate. This year’s record breaking reduction in summer sea ice extent is one of the clearest indicators of this trend, and provides further proof that many of these changes are outpacing climate model predictions. These changes trigger rapid and dramatic environmental and social transformations with ramifications for the entire planet. But to understand the far-reaching impacts of climate change and the complexities of adaptation, a truly interdisciplinary approach is required, involving indigenous knowledge holders and natural and social scientists. An international experts workshop, held from 27-29 September 2012 in Paris, contributed to this effort, bringing together a select group of natural and social scientists, and indigenous peoples from across the circumpolar region to enhance collaborative indigenous-scientific work on global change impacts, monitoring and adaptation, and thus advance thinking on the emerging paradigm of knowledge co-production. This new paradigm is attracting a great deal of interest in the framework of international debates not only relating to climate change, but also biodiversity conservation and sustainable use. Read the release … Visit the meeting’s website …