Focus on Arctic climate change

The exhibition “Vulnerable Arctic: Warning signal of global warming” opened in the European Parliament (EP) 6 March 2006. In relation to the exhibition there was held a seminar focusing on climate change impacts globally and on indigenous people in the Arctic areas.

13/03/2006 :: The seminar and the exhibition are the result of a broad co-operation between the Finnish MEP, Satu Hassi and the Greens/European Free Alliance in the EP, AMAP (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs..

At the seminar both the Finnish Minister for the Environment, Jan-Erik Enestam, and the Norwegian State Secretary, Liv Monica Stubholt, underlined the importance of sustainable management of the rich natural resources in the Arctic, expressed their deepest concern regarding the consequences of climate change in the Arctic regions and the need for expanded international cooperation. The President of the Finnish Sami Parliament, Pekka Aikio, expressed concern for the future of the Sami reindeer herding tradition in a warmer global climate.

Olav Orheim, the Executive Secretary for the International Polar Year 2007-2008, held a lecture on the expected development of the arctic climate and the future challenges in the region. Professor Harry Bryden from the school of Ocean and Earth Sciences, University of Southampton, followed up with a lecture on the prospect of climate change impact on the Gulf Stream that warms up the European waters.

The exhibition can currently be seen at the European Parliament ASP 3rd floor, Espace Bar, until 10 March (see link) and then it will be moved to Tampere, Finland.

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Traditional Sami Joik, performed by Angelin Tytöt, at the opening of the Vulnerable Arctic exhibition