The Arctic Council at COP26

Arctic Council related sessions at COP26

Tuesday, 2 Nov. 10:00-18:00 (onsite: Pavilion of the Russian Federation)

Arctic Day

Information from the Russian Chairmanship of the Arctic Council
The Arctic is in the focus at the Pavilion of the Russian Federation on 2 November. The Russian Chairmanship of the Arctic Council will host two sessions during the day: one focusing on youth engagement during the Chairmanship and one outlining the Chairmanship program's priorities in regards to climate change. After a presentation the SAO Chair, Ambassador Korchunov, will invite all the on-site and online participants to join the Skolkovo business-school to discuss the "Arctic-2050" project on the possible scenarios for the future of the Arctic, as well as the role of permafrost melting in the process of global climate change and the issues of sustainable development of transportation in the Arctic.

You can follow the events on the Arctic Day live here.

We invite you to register in advance for the webinar on the Youth dimension of the Russian Chairmanship here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

More updated will be available the SAOC's Twitter account!
Arctic Ocean

Wednesday, 3 Nov. 13:00-14:30 (onsite: Cryosphere Pavilion)

Arctic climate and health implications of short-lived climate forcers

Short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs) impact both the climate and air quality, including significant implications for human health. Immediate reductions in emissions of SLCFs can provide near-term climate benefits while also promoting cleaner air. AMAP and ACAP will present their most recent work as well as discuss policy implications. 

Organized by the Arctic Council Working Groups the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) and Arctic Contaminants Action Program (ACAP) 

The livestream will be available here.

Learn more about SLCFs

AMAP SLCP report cover

Impacts of Short-lived Climate Forcers on Arctic Climate, Air Quality, and Human Health.

Pollution from combustion of fossil fuels and biomass affects both air quality and climate. Poor air quality is directly detrimental to people’s health and a major cause of premature death. Many air pollutants also play an important role in climate change. Read the Summary for Policy Makers here.
ACAP's flaring video still

Mitigation of Black Carbon and Methane Emissions From APG Flaring

Watch's ACAP's video about its APG flaring project, which addressed SLCPs (primarily Black Carbon, Methane and non-methane Volatile Organic Compounds) emissions associated with APG flaring that impact the Arctic Zone environment. Find it on Vimeo.
ACAP's tundra video still

Clean and Reliable Energy Solutions in the Arctic

Energy security is an essential issue for remote, off-grid communities in the Arctic. The tundra project piloted alternative, clean and reliable energy solutions at a reindeer herding station in Polmos, an off-grid site located 70 km from Lovozero village, the Russian Sámi capital. Watch the project video here.

Wednesday, 3 Nov. 18:00-19:15 GMT (onsite: Cryosphere Pavilion)

The Arctic – the fastest-warming region on Earth – new science findings from AMAP

New observations show that the Arctic is now warming three times faster than the planet. Climate change impacts on Arctic communities, ecosystems, and species, especially when associated with extreme events, are considerable and accelerating. Attendees will learn about the observational basis of Arctic climate change and calls to action to reduce the worst consequences of climate change in the Arctic and beyond.

Organized by the Arctic Council Working Group the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP)

The livestream will be available here.
Norwegian coastal community

Learn more about climate change in the Arctic

AMAP Climate Change Update Cover

Arctic Climate Change Update 2021: Key Trends and Impacts

The Arctic environment continues to change at a rapid pace—with some indicators changing even faster than previously reported by AMAP in 2019. Read the Summary for Policy Makers here.
AMAP story map

Arctic Stakes - When humans are in the center of a changing Arctic

AMAP's story map takes you on a journey across the Arctic to show how changes in the region affect the people who live in the High North. Start exploring now.
Still from AMAP's film clip

AMAP Assessment Findings 2021

Watch a short movie presenting some of the findings of AMAP's 2021 assessment deliverables to the 12th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting. Find the clip here.

Thursday, 4 Nov. 16:00-17:00 GMT (onsite: Cryosphere Pavilion)

Resilience & management of permafrost wetlands

Wetlands and peatlands cover large areas in the Arctic permafrost region, and are globally important as long-term carbon sinks, as wildlife habitats and as migration pathways. At broad scales, human emission reductions is the only way to prevent widespread permafrost thaw, but at the landscape scale, effective management of wetlands can contribute significantly to climate adaptation and mitigation and conservation of biodiversity. In May 2021, The Resilience & Management of Arctic Wetlands project delivered a suite of Key Findings and Policy Recommendations to the Foreign Ministers of the Arctic States. This session presents and discusses these findings, including Indigenous perspectives.

Organized by the Arctic Council Working Group the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF)

The livestream will be available here.

Learn more about wetlands

CAFF's resilience and management of wetlands report cover

Resilience and Management of Arctic Wetlands - key findings and recommendations

The purpose of the Resilience and management of Arctic Wetlands (RAW) initiative is to strengthen engagement on the roles and functions of wetlands as a resource to support sustainable development and resilience in the Arctic. Read CAFF's report here.
CAFF's Arctic wetlands and Indigenous Peoples study cover

Arctic Wetlands and Indigenous Peoples Study

The intersection between Indigenous Peoples and wetlands is not well documented in the Arctic, nor are the relationships between Indigenous communities and protected area management authorities. This is the first assessment of Indigenous participation in protected area management across the Arctic. Read it here. You might also be interested in this article about the project.

Friday, 5 Nov. 12:40 GMT (onsite: Nordic Pavilion)

Climate change impacts on Saami reindeer herding pastures

This event will provide information on the Nordic Council of Ministers funded project CITE-Climate Impacts on Terrestrial Environments, a pilot study to demonstrate co-production of a project plan between Sámi reindeer herders and terrestrial/climate researchers to document climate-related changes on reindeer pasturelands in Fennoscandinan Sápmi.

Organizers: Saami Council and AMAP

The livestream will be available here.
Reindeer herder

Learn more about terrestrial changes

START report cover

Report on the State of Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity

The START assesses the status and trends of terrestrial Focal Ecosystem Components —including vegetation, arthropods, birds, and mammals—across the Arctic, identify gaps in monitoring coverage towards implementation of the Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan; and provides key findings and advice for monitoring. Read it here.

Friday, 5 Nov. 16:00-16:50 GMT (onsite: Nordic Pavilion)

Wetland/Peatland conservation, restoration, and management: From Scotland to the Arctic

Effective conservation, restoration, and management of wetlands, including peatlands, holds enormous potential to contribute to climate adaptation and mitigation, and conservation of biodiversity. Here, policy makers and experts from Scotland and Arctic states will explore the challenges and opportunities that are emerging as we collectively seek to protect and restore these crucial ecosystems.

Organizers: CAFF

The livestream will be available here.
Arctic wetlands

Friday, 6 Nov. 13:00-14:15 GMT (onsite: Cryosphere Pavilion)

Tales of two oceans

The Arctic Ocean and Southern Ocean are crucial components of the Earth’s systems and play key roles in regulating climate. They are home to unique ecosystems that are under serious threat from climate change impacts such as warming, acidification and freshening. These Polar oceans are already experiencing large changes in their chemistry and through continued warming will see more non-polar species moving into them, and knock-on consequences for food webs, fisheries, and climate regulation. This session will provide insight into some of the lesser known but highly significant impacts of climate change in the Polar Oceans; and subsequent wider environmental and societal impacts towards raising ambition for reducing emissions.

Organizers: Plymouth Marine Laboratory, NOAA, AMAP

And don't miss the summary event of the Polar Oceans' Day at the Cryosphere Pavilion: Triple threat to polar oceans at 18:00 GMT. Organized by Plymouth Marine Laboratory, NOAA, British Antarctic Survey and AMAP.

The livestreams for both events will be available here.

Learn more about ocean acidification

AMAP's ocean acidification report cover

AMAP's Arctic Ocean Acidification Assessment 2018

Oceans around the world are acidifying, primarily due to absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. Ocean acidification — commonly defined as an ongoing fall in pH of seawater — poses a threat to marine organisms, ecosystems and human societies that depend upon them. Read the summary for policy makers here.

The Arctic Council's social corner

The Arctic - Our changing home

Follow us on our social media channels during COP26, as we share stories of how climate change affects communities and Indigenous Peoples living in the Arctic. Throughout the duration of the COP, we will highlight the issues Indigenous Peoples are facing due to climate change - but also how they work within the Council's Working Groups to enable positive change for mitigation and adaptation. All stories will be available on the Arctic Council website.
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