Coastal change under NGO spotlight at Iceland conference

The Third Arctic NGO Forum Workshop will be held as part of the Arctic Circle Conference which kicks off in Reykjavik, Iceland, this weekend. 

The Forum workshop is called At the Edge: The Future of Arctic Coastlines, Deltas and Wetlands - Arctic coastal lands and the relationship between economic development, the environment and Indigenous and local communities. It will be held on October 31, 2014 5:00-8:00 pm at the Vikin Heritage Museum. 

This session will explore the relationship between communities, the environment and development (on, near and offshore) in the Arctic. The Arctic NGO Forum is pleased to have assembled and excellent line up of speakers who will look at ways to inform decision-making and identify the tools needed to make evidenced based policies to ensure the sustainability of Arctic coastlines, deltas and wetlands.

Session Chairs: Sigurd Enge, Bellona, Norway
Layla Hughes, Alaska Arctic Policy Commission, USA.


  • Paul Holthus, Executive Director of the World Ocean Council
  • Jan Gunnar Winther, Director Norwegian Polar Institute
  • Ella Anagick, Board Member, Bering Sea Alliance
  • Melanie Smith, Director of Conservation Science, Audubon Alaska
  • Frank Hoffman, Technical Officer Biodiversity and Corporate Relations, Wetlands International
  • Paul Berkman, Researcher, Program on Governance for Sustainable Development at the Bren School

Organizers expect over 1000 people to attend the Arctic Circle Conference. A complete conference agenda can be found at:

Wednesday 29 Oct 2014

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