Welcome to the CAVIAR workshop!

The Arctic Centre organises a workshop on community vulnerability and adaptation in Arctic regions, on 25. - 26. November 2009 in Arktikum house, Rovaniemi.

The aim of the workshop is to present and discuss case studies from different parts of the Arctic looking at adaptation to impacts of climate change. In the first of the day of the workshop the focus will be on vulnerability, adaptive capacity and adaptive strategies of local communities. The workshop program will include presentations from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia and Canada. This pan-arctic research project is led by Grete Hovelrsud (CICERO, Norway) and by Barry Smit (University of Guelph, Canada).

The second day of the workshop will focus on Finnish CAVIAR study focusing on agency in climate change adaptation. The multidisciplinary project has brought together anthropologists and political scientists to discuss the multilevel dynamics of adaptation. The workshop will be the final event to present the results of a three-year research project funded by the Finnish Academy. The leader of the project is Monica Tennberg from the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland.

The participation to the workshop is free. The lunches are at own cost. Registration to workshop by email to Monica Tennberg (monica.tennberg@ulapland.fi) by 16.11.

CAVIAR workshop 25. - 26.11. 2009


Wednesday, 25th of November

Aurora conference room, Arktikum


9.15-10.00 Introduction to the CAVIAR approach: Grete Hovelsrud, CICERO

10.00-10.45 Norwegian case study results: Grete Hovelsrud, CICERO

10.45-11.30 Finnish case study results: Terhi Vuojala-Magga, Arctic Centre

11.30-12.30 Lunch / Press conference

12.30-13.15 Canadian case study results: Jennifer Fresque, Wilfrid Laurier University

13.15-14.00 Canadian case study results: Mark Andrachuk, University of Guelph

14.00-14.15 coffee

14.15-15.00 Russian case study results: Anna Stammler-Gossmann, Arctic Centre

15.00-15.45 Russian case study results: Tatiana Bulgakova

15.45-16.00 Discussion


Thursday, 26th of November

Aurora conference room, Arktikum


9.15-10.00 Introduction to the Finnish CAVIAR project: Monica Tennberg, Arctic Centre

10.00-10.45 Finnish case: Terhi Vuojala-Magga, Arctic Centre

10.45-11.30 Russian case: Anna Stammler-Gossmann, Arctic Centre

11.30-12.30 Lunch

12.30-13.15 Multiple communities: Monica Tennberg, Arctic Centre

13.15-14.00 Agency in climate change adaptation: Heidi Sinevaara Niskanen, University of Lapland and Monica Tennberg, Arctic Centre

14.00-14.30 Discussion/coffee


On Thursday night at 18.00 the participants of the workshop are also welcome to the opening of the Tara exhibition organized by the Arctic Centre’s Science centre. Exhibition relates an expedition to the Arctic Ocean on a vessel called Tara, aiming at studying the climate change related phenomena. Through large photos, the exhibition shows the different aspects of the expedition. The expedition and the exhibition are part of the programs developed during the international polar year and part of the European program Damoclès.

More information:
Research professor Monica Tennberg, p. 040 019 2005, firstname.surname@ulapland.fi