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ECN staff co-organise workshop on local community engagement in the Arctic

A Sami hiking lodge in northern Sweden was the setting for a workshop jointly organised by ECN's Jan Dick and Andy Sier, along with colleagues from the EU INTERACT project.
ECN staff co-organise workshop on local community engagement in the Arctic

Jan Dick (second from right) at the workshop. [Image from Oddasat (Sami TV)]

The workshop 'Engaging local communities: From an arctic research station perspective' took place from 24-25 September 2013, in Nikkaluokta, Sweden.

The meeting of 15 INTERACT station managers and work package personnel focused on working with local people in Arctic and subarctic regions, via Community-Based Monitoring (CBM) and learning from their traditional ecological knowledge. The group spoke with reindeer herder Niila Inga, who explained about the Sami way of life and traditions, and of his concerns about the future of reindeer herding in the region. During this session a team from Sami TV were present and the workshop was later featured as a TV news bulletin (see link below).

Jan Dick (CEH) co-chaired the event along with Elmer Topp-Jorgensen (Aarhus Universityy, Denmark). Jan gave a presentation of the use of Bayesian Belief Networks as a tool for exchanging views and knowledge between stakeholders and researchers. Andy Sier (CEH) gave three presentations on citizen science and community-based monitoring.

The workshop was part of INTERACT's efforts to encourage and support best practice concerning public engagement in science in an Arctic context. Andy is leading INTERACT's development of a set of online resources to support citizen science and community involvement in in Arctic environmental research.

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