ACCESS research project , 2011-2015

Anna Stammler-Gossmann is coordinating the socio-economic impact assessment of climate change on the fishery sector in the Barents region and activities of the Board of Ethical Issues within EU FP 7 project ACCESS (Arctic Climate Change Economy and Society). The ACCESS project was selected in response to the first call ‘The Ocean of Tomorrow’ of the European Union. The European Commission supported the Arctic Centre research with 359,094.94 Euros. ACCESS will evaluate the impacts of climate change on economic sectors such as fishery, oil and gas extraction, marine transportation and analysis of associated risks. 

Anna Stammler-Gossmann together with the Russian project partner (Marine Informatics Company) will examine Arctic fisheries, aquaculture and livelihoods in the context of climate change. The fisheries sector is one in which the industry has always had to adapt to and cope with environmental change; species variety, accessibility, and abundance has varied throughout history. The ongoing and predicted biophysical changes in the Arctic can challenge the adaptive capacity of related national economic activities in different ways. How much fish will be caught, and where the fish will be delivered has for example a significant impact on the economy of neighbouring countries, such as Russia and Norway. 

The Arctic Centre research will focus on global/national/regional level assessment of past and present-day impact of biophysical changes on the viability and competitiveness of the fishery sector in the Barents region. This task seeks to expand ideas about socio-economic impact in environmental governing in multiple frameworks. Evaluation of national adaptation practices in the fishery sector will focus on the analysis of national policies related to the legal framework of fishery, environmental legislation and national perspectives on integrated ocean management. 

On the regional/local level the assessment is particularly concerned with the perceived impact of climate change on fishery, the community’s intimate knowledge in the natural environment and the community’s adaptive agency in the context of governmental cross-scale linkages. An analysis of societal and cultural priorities in the fishery sector will consider the relative importance of fisheries to national/regional economies and diets, consumption patterns, attractiveness of a job in the fishery sector as a career, and environmental as well as economic values of the sector. As far as marine resources run together in a fluid manner we will also assess interdependencies between fisheries and other economic sectors that are related to the marine environment and evaluate the outcomes of ocean sharing. 

27 participants and 10 European countries are involved in ACCESS project 

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Anna Stammler-Gossmann
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