Jennifer Provencher represented APECS at the AMAP AACA-C workshop in Saint Petersburg Russia. The AACA (Adaptations for Action in a Changing Arctic) workshops are a series of workshops that seek to integrate knowledge from modelers and reserachers about the future of changing Arctic systems, and plan potental adaptations actions for the region.
Currently, the Barents Sea, Bering-Chukchi-Beaufort Seas and Davis Strait-Baffin Bay regions have been identified as the pilot areas where assessment and planning will take place in the next year. The meeting was highly successful with three local regional meetings planned for the fall in which more early career representatives will be invited to participate in. At regional meetings expertise from all sectors active in the region and stakeholders will be brough together to identify areas where further existing framwork exists, and where further planning is needed.
The main message that all the working groups are taking away that although climatic changes may be affecting the region differently, major changes are taking place in the Arctic region and stratgeic plans are needed in order to plan.