Integrated Management, Planning Needed for Arctic Development

Decisions regarding development and conservation in the Arctic will require an integrated management approach involving the best available science to integrate cultural, environmental and economic factors, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI) Alaska Interagency Working Group.

The report – Managing for the Future in a Rapidly Changing Arctic – chronicles how Arctic residents are dealing with rapid, climate change-induced impacts on their resources and traditional ways of life, at the same time that new economic activity and opportunities in oil and gas, marine transportation, tourism and mining are emerging, said Interior Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes in a statement.

While the report does not recommend new regulations or represent new policy decisions, it does call for a review of activities of over 20 federal agencies involved in the U.S. Arctic by the end of this year with an eye toward increased coordination and the elimination of duplication of efforts.

"It is imperative that we reduce redundancies and streamline federal efforts as we safely and responsibly explore and develop Alaska's vast resources while preserving the region's rich ecosystems that will sustain future generations," Hayes commented.

DOI also has launched a new government website, the Arctic Science Portal, by the Arctic Research Commission. This website will provide decisionmakers and other interested parties with easier access to scientific information about the Arctic.


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