“FACE-IT” stands for “The future of Arctic coastal ecosystems – Identifying transitions in fjord systems and adjacent coastal areas”. In this project, 14 partner institutions from 8 countries were funded within the Horizon 2020 program with about 6.4 million Euro. The overarching objective of FACE-IT is to enable adaptive co-management of social-ecological fjord systems in the Arctic in the face of rapid cryosphere and biodiversity changes.

▪ University of Bremen, Germany
▪ Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway
▪ Sorbonne University, France
▪ Nordland Research Institute, Norway
▪ The University Centre in Svalbard, Norway
▪ Aarhus University, Denmark
▪ Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany
▪ Western Norway Research Institute, Norway
▪ Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Greenland  
▪ Aalborg University, Denmark
▪ Norwegian Institute of Marine Research, Norway
▪ Canadian Museum of Nature, Canada
▪ University of Alaska, United States
▪ Xiamen University, PR China

The project will identify ways to manage the impacts of climate change on the cryosphere and marine biodiversity, and the interaction with other drivers of change. FACE-IT will contribute to IPCC assessments as well as key Sustainable Development Goals. The concept of FACE-IT rests on a comparison of selected Arctic fjord systems at different stage of cryosphere loss in Greenland, Svalbard and Finnmark, Northern Norway.

The underlying two-pronged hypothesis is that the biodiversity of Arctic coastal zones is changing in accordance with the rates of cryosphere changes, and that these changes affect local communities, food production, livelihoods and other ecosystem services. FACE-IT approaches European Arctic fjords as local socialecological systems. It gathers a strong interdisciplinary team of internationally recognised experts from both natural and social sciences. FACE-IT is organized in eight interdisciplinary work packages focusing on the drivers of change (WP1), their effects on biodiversity (WP2), ecosystem functioning (WP3), food provision and indigenous livelihoods (WP4), nature-based tourism (WP5), the co-production of knowledge to identify governance strategies for adaptive co-management (WP6), and public outreach and policy input (WP7), and project management (WP8). It includes the participation of Arctic stakeholders to ensure that Indigenous and local knowledges, perceptions and concerns about ongoing changes are taken into account in defining innovative and adaptive co-management approaches towards a more sustainable future. In this way FACE-IT will deliver significant contributions towards the implementation of the new integrated EU policy for the Arctic.