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WP5 leader


Dr Lindsay Parson is Head of UNCLOS Group at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. A marine geologist by training, he conducts research and teaching at NOCS and also leads the expert team providing technical advice to the UK government (and a number of other non-UK states) on maritime space issues, delimitation, …

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WP5 co-leader

Anne-Sophie Crépin, Project leader, PhD in economics, Deputy Director of the Institute. Works on resources with complex dynamics and threshold. Lead author of the chapter Polar Systems in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Project leader and member of the steering committee for the 7th Framework EU...

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Arctic governance, sustainable development and synthesis


The objective of the work package dedicated to Arctic Governance, Sustainable Development and Synthesis is to provide an overview of each of the ACCESS sectors of maritime shipping, tourism, fisheries and oil and gas extraction in respect of their relevant regulatory systems, legislation and agreements, and their interaction with the indigenous people (and other stakeholders) in the region.

In particular, this Work Package will critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of these systems as they might respond to a significant period of climate change, focussing on  the governance requirements which derive from the science-based assessments in the sectoral work packages, 2 (Marine Transportation and Tourism in the Arctic domain), 3 (Fisheries) and 4 ( Resource Extraction). These specific sectors of maritime shipping and tourism, fisheries and oil and gas extraction will be assessed for shortfalls, conflicts and lacunae in current regulations.

Work Package 5 will propose informed strategic options and elements of integrated governance policy in line with future sustainable development of the region. Such strategies will help to define the gaps, overlaps and inefficiencies in current institutions, as well as contribute to addressing regional, national and international stewardship challenges.





  • to examine the current national, regional and international regulatory framework related to the different ACCESS thematic sectors, reviewing compliance, overlap, shortfall and success or otherwise of implementation.
  • to review how Arctic climate change is expected to impact on the operation of this legislation over the period of 30 years, in particular to identify areas where it may become less adequate or insufficient to address the changing condition.
  • Based on the results of the principal thematic work packages WP2, WP3 and WP4, WP5 will develop strategic options with which national and international parties might maintain stable and effective Arctic governance in the face of the challenges presented by climate change in the region
  • to evaluate how climate change could affect large populations including indigenous peoples, stakeholders and other end users and explore how the governance options developed during the project could address  these effects and improve resilience and adaptation for these populations.
  • to synthesize interactions between the different ACCESS sectors using approaches such as marine spatial planning and ecosystem based management in order to establish a long-term programme of sustainable development in the Arctic region.

Twelve institutes are contributing to Work Package 5, including the Alfred Wegner Institute (AWI), Beijer Institute (BEJ), Institute for World Economy (IfW), Joachim Schwarz Consultants (JSC), Le Cercle Polaire (LCP), Meteorological Institute, Norway (Met.no), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Nofima Marin (NOFIMA), Shirshov Institute (SIO), University of Cambridge (UCAM), Polytechnic University of Catalunya (UPC), university of Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC)