New Report Available - Managing for the Future in a Rapidly Changing Arctic

23 April 2013

New Report Available
Managing for the Future in a Rapidly Changing Arctic

Full report available for download:

An interagency working group chaired by Interior Deputy Secretary David
J. Hayes released a report entitled “Managing for the Future in a
Rapidly Changing Arctic” that calls for an integrated management
strategy for the rapidly changing Arctic. The report highlights the need
for a coordinated approach that uses the best available science to
integrate cultural, environmental and economic factors in
decision-making about development and conservation. It can be downloaded

The report is based on input from a wide range of Alaska stakeholders.
In addition to recommending integrated management, the report recommends
continuing high-level attention on the Arctic, strengthening state and
tribal partnerships, encouraging more stakeholder engagement,
undertaking more organized and inclusive scenario planning, and
coordinating and potentially consolidating environmental reviews that
are now being prepared by multiple agencies.

The report does not recommend new regulations or represent new policy
decisions, but it does call for a review of the activities of over 20
federal agencies involved in the U.S. Arctic by the end of 2013 with an
eye toward increased coordination and the elimination of duplication of
efforts. Congress has entrusted the federal government with primary
jurisdiction over nearly three quarters of the U.S. Arctic's land mass.
In addition, the federal government has a special relationship with
Alaska natives, including Alaskan tribes and native corporations.

The report to the President was led by the Interagency Working Group on
Coordination of Domestic Energy Development and Permitting in Alaska,
with active consultation and assistance from the National Ocean Council
and the Arctic Research Commission. A full press release is available by
clicking on the ‘Interagency Working Group Calls for Integrated…’ link

To download the full report, please go to:

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