Arctic Human Development Report II Published

March 30, 2015
By Jessica Rohde

Nordic Council of Ministers Secretariat. (2015). Arctic Human Development Report: Regional Processes and Global Linkages. (J. N. Larsen & G. Fondahl, Eds.). Copenhagen: Nordisk Ministerråd. doi10.6027/TN2014-567 

The second volume of the Arctic Human Development Report (AHDR-II) provides an update to the first AHDR (2004) in terms of an assessment of the state of Arctic human development. This volume highlights the major trends and changes unfolding related to the various issues and thematic areas of human development in the Arctic over the past decade and identifies policy relevant conclusions, key gaps in knowledge, and emerging Arctic success stories. 

The production of AHDR-II on the tenth anniversary of the first AHDR makes it possible to move beyond the baseline assessment to make valuable comparisons and contrasts across a decade of persistent and rapid change in the North. It addresses critical issues and emerging challenges in Arctic living conditions, quality of life in the North, global change impacts and adaptation, and Indigenous livelihoods. The assessment contributes to our understanding of the interplay and consequences of physical and social change processes affecting Arctic residents’ quality of life, at both the regional and global scales. It shows that the Arctic is not a homogenous region. Impacts of globalization and environmental change differ within and between regions, between Indigenous and non-Indigenous northerners, between genders and along other axes.

Posted by Jessica Rohde on behalf of Andrey Petrov, University of Northern Iowa.

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