Transdisciplinary synthesis

Work package 6

WP 6 further elaborates on results from WPs 1-5 and will use the full expertise of the FACE-IT team to develop a transdisciplinary synthesis. Viewing fjords as local social-ecological systems nested in larger-scale social and environmental processes, it emphasizes that long-term sustainability of local livelihoods (explored in WPs 4,5), biodiversity (WP 2) and ecosystem functions (WP 3) require an adaptive co-management approach that recognizes a diversity of perspectives and interests, including gender. Underpinning WP 6 is the question of what it will take to sustainably manage changing, complex and coupled social-ecological systems in Arctic fjords in ways that contribute to sustainability locally, regionally and a global context.

WP 6 will examine how social and ecological drivers interact. Building on the scenario work undertaken in WPs 4,5, WP 6 will specifically analyse the implications of different management options, including their links to the national policy contexts, with a focus on ensuring that food production and tourism in Arctic fjord systems are sustainable in socio-economic and environmental terms. WP 6will, thus, involve decision-makers across the local and national levels.

Together with FACE-IT researchers, local, regional and national decision-makers will identify management options that are robust under rapid change and uncertainty, including potential shifts in ecosystem dynamics and biodiversity and changes in the socio-economic and political contexts of local decision making. By exploring the implications of different management options locally and nationally through a process of coproduction of knowledge, WP 6 will facilitate the development of an adaptive co-management framework.