Project Profile: AWERRS

Arctic Wetlands Ecosystems – Resilience through Restoration & Stewardship


Principal Investigators: Marcus Carson, Stiftelsen Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden
Partners: Kathrine Ivsett Johnsen, Norsk institutt for vannforskning, Norway
Henry Lee, Arctic Initiative, Belfer Center, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, USA
Tatiana Minayeva, Institute of Forest Science, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
James Powell, Northland Sustainability Consulting, USA
Jannie Stefansson, Saami Council, Sweden
Tom Arnbom, World Wide Fund for Nature, Sweden
Tom Barry, Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, Iceland
Aaron Maltais, Stockholm Sustainable Finance Center, Sweden
David Schönberg Alm, Swedish EPA, Sweden
Sponsors: Icelandic Centre for Research, Iceland
The Research Council of Norway, Norway
Russian Foundation for Basic Research, Russia
Swedish Research Council for Env, Agric Sci & Spatial Planning, Sweden
National Science Foundation, United States


Full Project Title: Arctic Wetlands Ecosystems – Resilience through Restoration & Stewardship
Full Call Title: Arctic2019


Project Objective: This project tackles the challenge of building resilience in a rapidly changing Arctic by focusing on human activities that impact Arctic wetlands ecosystems, supporting and strengthening communities' capacity to engage in wetlands restoration and stewardship. Capacity to ""self-organize"" and effectively engage is a central element of community resilience and a resource that needs to be used to remain viable; supporting engagement helps build community resilience (strengthening social & human capital).The goal of simultaneously enhancing social and ecosystem resilience will be pursued through a set of integrated work streams (work packages-WP).
* Identifying and testing modes of community engagement, including identifying methods for securing financing
* Support of indigenous/traditional wetlands uses and modes of stewardship
* Identification of high impacts areas for restoration, development of monitoring metrics and methods
* Synthesis of knowledge across natural and social sciences and indigenous knowledge, and also between knowledge holders, policymakers and practitioners
* Communication with key constituencies, including policymakers and the public
Call Objective: This joint Belmont Forum CRA calls for co-developed and co-implemented proposals from integrated teams of natural and social scientists, and stakeholders to address key areas of arctic resilience understanding and action. This collaboration of academic and non-academic knowledge systems constitutes a trans-disciplinary approach that will advance not only understanding of the fundamentals of arctic resilience but also spur action, inform decision-making, and translate into solutions for resilience.


Regions: Arctic, Europe, North America
Countries: Iceland, Norway, Russian Federation, Sweden, United States of America (USA)


Duration: 36
Call Date: 20 February 2019
Project Award Date: 5 February 2020