Adaptation to changes in the Arctic facilitated also by consideration of non-climate factors
Government Communications Department, 28.2.2017
In the Arctic region there is a lot of discussion about the opportunities, challenges and problems brought about by climate change, but the impact of non-climate factors is often overlooked. The impacts of climate change are closely linked to the overall socioeconomic development, and in many respects climate change is not always the most significant factor causing changes in the Arctic.
To further improve the adaptive capacity of Finland we should focus more on the impacts of interactions between the environment, climate and societal changes. This is the opinion of the researchers stated in the report “Barentsin alue muuttuu – miten Suomi sopeutuu?” (“Changing Barents Region - How will Finland adapt?”).