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Session 2: Food on the Move

Today, everything is on the move and so is the Arctic. The globe is more connected than ever and yet also more divided. Climate change impacts, geopolitical tensions, sea ice

Session 2: Food on the Move

Climate change has a huge impact on the oceans, causing many marine species to migrate, adapt or even disappear. Human activity continues to influence the health of the ocean, and conversely humans are impacted by changes in ocean ecosystems. Local communities, indigenous peoples, businesses and legislation are in a constant process of adaptation to keep up with the changes and ensure that Arctic livelihoods, food security and environmental concerns are kept in balance.

War in Europe has the potential of keeping the global population hostage in terms of food security. The consequences are already visible in soaring prices, lack of fertilizer, and disruptions in value chains. What does this mean for the Arctic, a region rich in proteins and traditional food production? Different parts of the Arctic appear to be on different development trajectories regarding their potential for food production. Can this potential be scaled up to meet the growing demand? What role does the Arctic Ocean play in terms of food security both for the people of the Arctic and those outside the Arctic? Do we have the appropriate value chains and infrastructure in place? Will the local economies reap the benefit of new technologies, in the form of local value creation?


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