Kick-off for Arctic Hubs
9-11th of September Magma is is taking part in a digital kick-off for the new project Arctic hubs. This is a 4 year-project that started on the 1st of August 2020. ArcticHubs will develop sustainable solutions for reconciliation of competing livelihoods and landuse modes in key Arctic ‘hubs’—important socioeconomic nodes in a geographical network—and their surroundings, considering in particular the needs and cultures of local communities (incl. indigenous people).
The goal is to support sustainable economic development in northern regions, which are known as resource peripheries. This will be achieved by applying multi- and interdisciplinary, multi-actor participatory approaches to systematically map, identify and analyse global drivers and pressures with high environmental, societal and economic impacts affecting 33 key hubs examining sustainability of fish farming, multiple use of forests, tourism, mining and indigenous cultures.
The outcome of ArcticHubs will be the provision of solution-oriented tools, such as improved public participatory geographical information systems, guidelines for ‘social license to operate’, and future scenarios to Arctic communities, industrial stakeholders, decision- and policymakers, and other relevant actors. This will enable creation and implementation of regional development strategies that reconcile new economic opportunities with traditional livelihoods and increase the resilience of both new and existing industries and livelihoods against environmental, economic and political changes in the Arctic.
The impact of the project will be long-term sustainability and resilience of future environmental, sociocultural, economic and political factors in the increasingly competitive and globalised Arctic, enhancing social acceptance of increased economic activity. These impacts will contribute to the implementation of the new integrated EU policy for the Arctic, IPPC assessments and other major regional and global initiatives, provide support to the EU Arctic Research Cluster, and enhance engagement of and interaction between local (incl. indigenous), national and global actors.
Magma Geopark (will establish one of the 33 Hubs) will be involved in the mining industry, fish farming and sustainable tourism, while and Rogaland County Council will be involved for the mining industry project expertise.