Environmental Governance and Management in the Arctic: Why the Arctic Matters

Event Type: Lectures/Panels/Discussions

When: 22 April 2016

Where: The University Club at UC Irvine, California

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The changing state of the Arctic Ocean is opening up the region to new interests and added stressors, creating new challenges for marine resource management in the Arctic. Building on a January 2015 conference on Arctic governance that was convened in collaboration with the UCI Newkirk Center; representatives from consulates of Canada, Norway, Sweden, and Finland; and U.S. government officials, this roundtable will bring together national and international Arctic experts to discuss existing and emerging issues in Arctic marine governance. Topics include the implementation of the Arctic Council Initiatives, including the recently signed declaration to prevent unregulated fishing in the Central Arctic Ocean, and developing a framework within UNCLOS for promoting ecosystem-based management. Additional topics include an assessment of future needs for a regional seas program or other mechanism, as appropriate, for increased cooperation in Arctic marine areas. Accompanied by an open public lecture on the Arctic and its environmental governance.

Public Events:

Lunch Session: Why the Arctic Matters, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. RSVP required. Presented by Honorable Fran Ulmer, Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission (USARC)

The Arctic is changing rapidly, more so than many other regions of the Earth. Ms. Ulmer describes what is happening, from climate to cultural changes. She offers a professional perspective and one that benefits from her considerable experience living in and creating policy for Alaska. She looks to the future of this wonderful but vulnerable place. Ms. Ulmer has served on the U.S. Arctic Research Commission since being appointed by President Obama in March 2011. She was Chancellor of Alaska’s largest public university, the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). She is a member of the Global Board of the Nature Conservancy and chair of the Board of the National Parks Conservation Association. Ms. Ulmer served as an elected official for 18 years as the mayor of Juneau, as a state representative and as Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. In June 2010, President Obama appointed her to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. For more than 10 years, she served as one of the U.S. Commissioners on the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission, appointed by President Bill Clinton.

Optional Panel Discussion to follow: The Arctic Environment: Climate Change and Much More, 1:00 p.m

Symposium Co-Sponsors and Partners:

  • UC Irvine School of Law Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources
  • Newkirk Center for Science and Society
  • Norwegian Consulate General, San Francisco

To request reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact Crissandra Flores at events [at] law.uci.edu or (949) 824-0941

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