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Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic

Valoree Walker
Coordinator, ReSDA

ReSDA aims to find ways to ensure that a larger share of the benefits of resource development in the Arctic stay in the region with fewer costs to northern communities. Research will aim to better understand how the sustainable development of Arctic natural resources can be pursued in a manner that improves the health and well-being of northern communities and conserves the northern environment.

View the ReSDA website here.

The project will create new research networks that bring together researchers from a wide range of disciplines and organizations representing communities, government, the private sector, and non-profit organizations.

The four main research themes include:

Sustainable Regions
Focus on policy related research to find ways to ensure that the regions of the North have the appropriate tools to mitigate negative impacts of resource development and provide greater benefits to northern communities.

Sustainable Communities
Research will examine new ways of developing the natural resources of the Arctic so that communities can effectively deal with resulting changes and challenges. The impacts will be examined at the community level.

Sustainable Cultures
This theme looks at how resource development can occur in a manner that supports the cultural foundations of the Indigenous peoples of the North and enhances their involvement in economic and social areas.

Sustainable Environments
Research will examine five areas: knowledge of ecosystem variability and change, sustainable resource technologies, social networks and institutions, economic opportunities, and governance of competing land uses.

For more information on this program please visit the ReSDA website.