Climate change adaptation, reindeer herders and Sami society

Part of the joint research team, from left: Ellen Inga Turi, Sirkku Juhola, Carina Keskitalo, Åsa Larsson Blind, Bruce Forbes, Jukka Kayhko, Michael Goodsite, Helle Lougart, NordForsk Senior Advisor Harry Zilliacus and Antti Aikio. (Photo: nord-star)

Two Nordic Centres of Excellence in joint research project on climate change adaptation, reindeer herders and Sami society

“Adaptation in northern Fennoscandia: Local knowledge and adaptive responses addressing regional challenges” is the topic of the newly established research project between the Nordic Centres of Excellence Tundra and NORD-STAR. The collaborative project will take place over the next three years and is supported by the Top-level Research Initiative ADAPT sub-programme managed by NordForsk.

Climate warming is underway, and in northwest Eurasia the dependence on climate-sensitive resources makes this area particularly sensitive to climate change. This causes challenges to adaptation to both socio-economic and natural systems broadly within the region and especially cultures and livelihoods dependent on viable ecosystems. In particular, this has important implications for Nordic and Russian reindeer rangelands.

More information

• NORD-STAR Director Professor Michael Evan Goodsite: +45 6011 2557, michaelg@hih.au.dk or Professor Carina Keskitalo: carina.keskitalo@geography.umu.se.
• Tundra Professor Jukka Käyhkö: jukkay@utu.fi or Professor Bruce C. Forbes: bforbes@ulapland.fi.
• Nordic Centre of Excellence Tundra www.ncoetundra.utu.fi
• Nordic Centre of Excellence NORD-STAR www.nord-star.info

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