The final seminar of the International Network for Arctic Adaptation (ACAF) focused on concrete “coping strategies” in the Arctic amidst the changes caused by climate change.

The final seminar, held in Rovaniemi and online on 15.11.2021, included a presentation by Aulikki Hulmi, Director of International Affairs at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, on current topics in Arctic adaptation, a review of the building of the international network by Jaana Sorvali, Project Coordinator and researcher of the ACAF project, a presentation by researcher Ilona Mettiäinen on concrete adaptation solutions in different Arctic countries, and a presentation by Johannes Vallivaara from ProAgria on the groundwork for a Finnish food innovation cluster.

Invited guest speakers came from across the Arctic region. Professor David Natcher (University of Saskatchewan, Canada), in a speech focusing on Arctic food security, stressed the importance of looking at the bigger picture rather than just food security. Professor Christer Pursiainen (Arctic University of Norway) presented how Arctic food security can be viewed from a crisis management perspective. Klemetti Näkkäläjärvi (University of Oulu) presented on the link between climate change and indigenous peoples’ rights and Lyubov Zarubina (Northern Arctic Federal University, Russia) spoke about several Russian projects in the field of Arctic food innovation.

Below you can find the links to the presentations and to the videos from the event.


Opening words, Aulikki Hulmi, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry – Video

Building networks and raising awareness on Arctic resilience, Jaana Sorvali, Luke – Video

Adaptation solutions and best practices around the Arctic, Ilona Mettiäinen, Luke –Video

Finnish Arctic Foods Innovation Cluster, Johannes Vallivaara, ProAgria Lapland – Video


Food security in the Arctic, David Natcher, professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Saskatchewan, Canada – Video

Arctic food crisis management, Christer Pursiainen, professor, Societal Security, Arctic University of Norway, Norja – Video

Sociocultural justice of climate change in Sápmi, Klemetti Näkkäläjärvi, postdoc researcher, SosClim-project, Univeristy of Oulu, CERH, Finland – Video

Arctic Foods Innovation Cluster project: Russian Focus, Lyubov Zarubina, AFIC project coordinator, Northern Arctic Federal University, Russia – Video


Earlier in the day, ACAF also organised a workshop on multiple uses of forests.

Climate change and multiple uses of forests – challenges and opportunities

Forest multiple use is a key cultural and economic component in the Arctic. However, little is known about the impacts of climate change on this form of forest use. The ACAF project organized an international workshop focusing on the impacts of climate change through the views and experiences of different actors.

Below you can find the links to the presentations and to the videos from the event.


Opening words Kirsi-Marja Korhonen, Metsähallitus

Pests, diseases and alien species affecting recreational use of forests in changing climatic conditions, Heikki Henttonen, Emeritus professor of Forest zoology, Luke – Video

Climate change adaptation needs in nature-based tourism, Seija Tuulentie, Research professor, Luke – Video

Carrying capacity of recreational forest areas in changing conditions, Pertti Itkonen, Metsähallitus – Video

Effects of climate change on fishing, Päivi Abernethy, Luke and Effects of climate change on foraging of non-timber forest products,  Rainer Peltola, Luke – Video


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