Overall Goal

To study traditional, local and scientific knowledge to develop scientifically based adaptation solutions for the indigenous population of the Arctic.

Main Activities

  • Conducting seminars in Sakha (Yakutia) Republic and Finland in 2020-2021 within the NordForsk project “Feasibility study on co-production of knowledge between researchers and indigenous communities for climate change adaptation” in partnership with International Center for Reindeer Husbandry, Norway and University of Oulu, Finland;
  • Implementation of the project (2020-2023) entitled “Digitalization of the Linguistic and Cultural Heritage of Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic” which is declared to be a project of Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group;
  • Conducting conferences, seminars and round tables;
  • Conducting expeditions to places of compact residence of indigenous peoples;
  • Documentation of language materials and traditions;
  • Launch of a portal on the Internet with materials collected on expeditions (www.arctic-megapedia.ru);
  • Holding events with UNESCO Associated Schools and national schools;
  • Publication of collective scientific articles;
  • Conducting educational courses, summer schools on the subject of the network.

Planned Activities

  • Panel discussion in the framework of Northern Sustainable Development Forum «Human adaptation in changing Arctic», September 2020;
  • Seminar with the participation of indigenous communities, government authorities and scientific researchers in Kolymskoe village, Nizhnekolymsky district, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and in Hetta village, municipality of Enontekiö, Finland; 
  • Implementation of the international project “Digitalization of the linguistic and cultural heritage of the indigenous peoples of the Arctic”;
  • Expedition to the place of compact residence of indigenous peoples – Kolymskoe village to collect data (climate change survey through interviewing local people);
  • Round table discussion with the participation of research institutes of Yakutsk (North-Eastern Federal University, Institute for Biological Problems of Cryolithozone, Arctic Research Center, Institute for Humanitarian Research and North Indigenous Peoples Problems, Institute of Linguistics and Melnikov Permafrost Institute);
  • Educational workshop «Human adaptation in Changing Arctic» for students of the North-Eastern Federal University and stakeholders held by scientists and lecturers research and public institutions (according to the workshop results, participants will be issued certificates);
  • Conducting of scientific research on the corresponding topic. Results will be published as academic papers (at least two scientific papers).

Anatoly Zhozhikov, Lead of the UArctic Thematic Network on Human Adaptation in the Changing Arctic