VACCA – Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Arctic

Background and Goals

Reduction of vulnerability and implementation of adaptation measures for climate change in the Arctic represent major challenges for this region. The project VACCA (Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Arctic) was approved by the Arctic Council in 2007 and is designed to prove practical and useful knowledge and to support the sharing of knowledge at different levels of government and between sectors, so that this knowledge can influence policy and decision making.

Objectives:

  • Eroduction of a study to collate and disseminate information on expertise, research as well as strategies and measures in the area of adaptation to climate change in the Arctic.
  • Organise an international expert/stakeholder workshop, in which leading experts, politicians, representatives of the SDWG (Sustainable Development Working Group of the Arctic Council) and key stakeholders can meet to discuss relevant issues relating to vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, as well as prepare recommendations for possible future actions in conjunction with the Arctic Council.

Content time

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Research area/region

Country
  • Norway
Spatial resolution 

Arctic

Steps in the process of adaptation to climate change

Step 1: Understand and describe climate change

Approach and results 

No specific climate scenario is currently being considered.

Step 2a: Identify and assess risks - climate effects and impact

Approach and results 

climate effects in the Arctic region are being considered.

Step 2b: Identify and assess risks - Vulnerability, risks and chances

Approach and results 

Not specifically analysed in this project, but was a theme at the international workshop held as part of the project.

Step 3: Develop and compare measures

Measures and/or strategies 

Not specifically analysed in this project, but was a theme at the international workshop held as part of the project.

Participants

Funding / Financing 

Arctic Council

Project management 

Norwegian Polar Institute

Cooperation/Partners 

CICERO (Center for International Climate and Environmental Research), Norway;

SDWG (Sustainable Development Working Group of the Arctic Council) secretariat, Norway

Contact

CICERO (Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo/Senter for klimaforskning)
Sognsveien 68
N-0318 Oslo

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 cross sectoral