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Uncertain futures: the changing global context of the European Arctic. Report from a scenario workshop in Pajala, Sweden
Stockholm Environment Institute.
Stockholm Environment Institute.
Umeå University, Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University. (Arcum)
2015 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

What does the future look like from the perspective of a small municipality in northern Sweden? What social and environmental challenges might there be and how might local people respond? This report presents findings from a workshop in which actors from Pajala municipality and the surrounding region in northern Sweden discussed, together with researchers, challenges for long-term planning posed by a rapidly changing and uncertain global context. The workshop piloted a new approach combining bottom-up participation with scenario work generated within the international climate change research community, in order to construct locally and regionally relevant narratives of possible futures. The resulting narratives feature some issues that do not figure prominently in the assessment of global futures, but also show that local development is perceived as closely linked to global processes, such as changes related to climate and demography. The report’s purpose is to document the workshop results and offer a description of and reflection on the methods employed as a basis for further development of the approach.

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Stockholm: Stockholm Environment Institute , 2015. , 41 p.
SEI Working Paper, 2015-12
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Other Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-124699OAI: diva2:954382
Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research

Report from a scenario workshop in Pajala, Sweden, 9-10 March 2015

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