The Changing Arctic and the European Union

A Book Based on the Report “Strategic Assessment of Development of the Arctic: Assessment Conducted for the European Union”


The Changing Arctic and the European Union provides a balanced and up-to-date overview of the multidimensional change taking place in the Arctic regions. Against this background, the role of the European Union regarding Arctic developments is considered, including the ongoing process of formulating an umbrella EU Arctic policy. In particular, the themes of climate change, maritime transport, fisheries, offshore oil and gas extraction, mining, land use and sociocultural change are discussed. The book comprises primarily an updated and expanded version of the report Strategic Assessment of Development of the Arctic: An assessment conducted for the European Union, produced for the European Commission. The report was to a great extent based on the interaction with Arctic stakeholders.

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Biographical Note

Adam Stępień (1983) is a researcher at the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland. He specializes in Arctic governance, European Union, regional development, development cooperation and indigenous politics.

Timo Koivurova (1967), Research Professor, is a director of the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law in the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland. He has authored books and articles on Arctic governance, EIA, and international environmental law.

Paula Kankaanpää (1963), Professor, had been a director of the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland since 2000. Starting from August 2015, she is director of the Marine Research Centre of the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE).

Table of contents

List of Acronyms; List of Figures and Pictures;
Introduction: Understanding Arctic Change through Assessments and Stakeholder Engagement Adam Stępień, Paula Kankaanpää and Timo Koivurova;
The Making of a Coherent Arctic Policy for the European Union: Anxieties, Contradictions and Possible Future Pathways Adam Stępień and Timo Koivurova;
Climate Change in the Arctic Mikko Strahlendorff, Sébastien Duyck, Johan Gille, Anastasia Leonenko, Timo Koivurova, Marie-Theres von Schickfus, Adam Stępień and Jennie Thomas;
Changes in Arctic Maritime Transport Gunnar Sander, Johan Gille, Adam Stępień, Timo Koivurova, Jennie Thomas, Jean-Claude Gascard and Debra Justus;
Changing Nature of Arctic Fisheries Sigmar Arnarsson and Debra Justus;
Arctic Offshore Hydrocarbons and the European Union: More Constraints and Less Opportunities Michał Łuszczuk, Debra Justus, Jennie Thomas, Chris Klok and Federica Gerber;
Mining in the European Arctic Kim van Dam, Annette Scheepstra, Johan Gille, Adam Stępień and Timo Koivurova;
Activities Affecting Land Use in the European Arctic Kirsi Latola, Simo Sarkki, Adam Stępień, and Mikko Jokinen;
Socioeconomic and Cultural Changes in the European Arctic Adam Stępień, Karolina Banul, Annette Scheepstra, Kim van Dam, Kirsi Latola and Timo Koivurova;
European Arctic Initiatives: Capacities, Gaps and Future Opportunities Lize-Marié van der Watt, Arne Riedel, Björn Dahlbäck, Elizabeth Tedsen, Kamil Jagodziński and Paula Kankaanpää;
Role and Effectiveness of Assessments in Policy-making: On the Importance of the Process
Małgorzata Śmieszek, Karolina Banul, Paula Kankaanpää, Timo Koivurova, Pamela Lesser and Adam Stępień;
Conclusion: The Region of Uncertainty - Arctic Change and Possible Pathways for the EU Adam Stępień, Timo Koivurova and Paula Kankaanpää;


The book could be of use particularly to those less familiar with Arctic affairs and willing to broaden their understanding of the changes in the region or the role the EU plays in shaping these developments.

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