Innovative Community Engagement for Building Effective Resilience and Arctic-Ocean Pollution-Control Governance in the context of Climate Change (ICEBERG)


ICEBERG investigates ocean and coastal pollution and creates governance and resilience strategies with European Arctic communities.


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5 987 060 EUR

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University of Oulu

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Climate change and pollution such as plastics, ship emissions and wastewater are threatening our health and ecosystems in the Arctic. For the EU to reach its Zero Pollution Ambition, we need a deeper understanding of the complex interplay of pollution and climate change as well as its impacts on ecosystems and communities in the Arctic.

ICEBERG studies sources, types, distribution of pollution and its impacts on the ecosystems and communities in Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland), Iceland and Svalbard. Together with Indigenous and local communities, we co-develop pollution monitoring, mitigation and adaptation strategies using a One Health approach and policy recommendations for multi-level pollution-control governance.

ICEBERG merges natural and social sciences with Indigenous and local knowledge. The project utilises an ethical multi-actor and gender-sensitive approach to assess the impacts, risks and vulnerabilities of local communities. Through innovative community engagement, we strive to increase community and ecosystem resilience to pollution and climate change in the Arctic.

Work Packages

WP1 - Assessment of pollution sources, distribution and impacts in Arctic ecosystems

WP2 - Risk assessment and local resilience strategies for ecosystems and communities in response to pollution

WP3 - Facilitating effective science-based pollution-control governance

WP4 - Co-Creation, Ethics, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

WP5 - Communication, Dissemination, Exploitation and Outreach

WP6 - Project Coordination and Management

The University of Oulu takes part in WP2 and WP6.

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