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Callaghan, T.V., Kulikova, O., Rakhmanova, L. et al. Improving dialogue among researchers, local and indigenous peoples and decision-makers to address issues of climate change in the North. Ambio 49, 1161–1178 (2020).

Improving dialogue among researchers, local and indigenous peoples and decision-makers to address issues of climate change in the North

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Author: Callaghan, Terry V.1,2; Kulikova, Olga2,3,4; Rakhmanova, Lidia5,2;
Organizations: 1University of Sheffield, Alfred Denny Building, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK
2Tomsk State University, 36 Lenina Pr, Tomsk, Russia, 634050
3University of Konstanz, Constance, Germany
4Institute of the Biological Problems of the North, Russian Academy of Sciences, Portovaya Street 18, Magadan, Russia, 685000
528 Promyshlennaya str, Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 190121
6Department of Bioscience, Arctic Research Center, Aarhus University, Frederiksborgvej 399, Building 7418, I2.41, 4000, Roskilde, Denmark
7Centre for Sámi Studies, University of Tromsø, Postboks 6050, Langnes, 9037, Tromsö, Norway
8Gabna Sámi Village, Scandinavia, Norway
9British Antarctic Survey, UK Natural Environment Research Council Arctic Office, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET, UK
10Thule Institute, University of Oulu and University of the Arctic, P.O. Box 7300 90014, Oulu, Finland
11Norconsult AS, Kjørboveien 22, 1338, Sandvika, Norway
12A.M. Obukhov Institute of Atmospheric Physics, 3 Pyzhevsky Lane, Moscow, Russia, 119017
13Arctic Research Centre of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, Line 8, Nadym, Russia, 629730
14Research Institute of Ecology and Natural Resources Management, Tumen State University, 6 Volodarskogo St, Tyumen, Russia, 625003
15Arctic Research Station, Institute of Plant & Animal Ecology Ural Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, 21, Str. Zelenaya Gorka, Labytnangi, Russia, 629400
16Arctic Research Center of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, 73, Str. Respublika, Salekhard, Russia, 629008
17Reindeer Herders Association of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, of. 35, 41 Sverdlov Str, Salekhard, Russia, 629007
18Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University, Solvegatan 12, 223 62, Lund, Sweden
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-05-07


The Circumpolar North has been changing rapidly within the last decades, and the socioeconomic systems of the Eurasian Arctic and Siberia in particular have displayed the most dramatic changes. Here, anthropogenic drivers of environmental change such as migration and industrialization are added to climate-induced changes in the natural environment such as permafrost thawing and increased frequency of extreme events. Understanding and adapting to both types of changes are important to local and indigenous peoples in the Arctic and for the wider global community due to transboundary connectivity. As local and indigenous peoples, decision-makers and scientists perceive changes and impacts differently and often fail to communicate efficiently to respond to changes adequately, we convened a meeting of the three groups in Salekhard in 2017. The outcomes of the meeting include perceptions of how the three groups each perceive the main issues affecting health and well-being and recommendations for working together better.

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Series: Ambio. A journal of the human environment
ISSN: 0044-7447
ISSN-E: 1654-7209
ISSN-L: 0044-7447
Volume: 49
Issue: 6
Pages: 1161 - 1178
DOI: 10.1007/s13280-019-01277-9
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 1172 Environmental sciences
Funding: TVC is grateful for the support from the Tomsk State University competitiveness improvement programme, and SK is grateful for financial support of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research in the framework of Scientific Project No. 18-05-60264.
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