The Arctic Risk Management Network is conceived as a trans-disciplinary hub to facilitate greater cooperation, communication and exchange among Arctic American, Russian, and Canadian academics and practitioners engaged in the research, management and mitigation of risks and hazards.
The Arctic Risk Management Network (ARMNet) is conceived as a trans-disciplinary hub to encourage and facilitate greater cooperation, communication and exchange among American, Russian, and Canadian academics and practitioners actively engaged in the research, management and mitigation of risks, emergencies and disasters in the Arctic regions. Its proposed aim is to assist regional decision-makers through the sharing of applied research, best practices, research gaps, and to support greater inter-operability and bilateral collaboration through improved networking, joint exercises, workshops, teleconferences, radio programs, and virtual communications (e.g., webinars). Most importantly, ARMNet is to facilitate a clearinghouse for all information related to the management of the frequent hazards of Arctic climate and geography in North America, including new and emerging challenges arising from climate change, increased maritime polar traffic and expanding economic development to build capacity for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in collaboration with the UNISDR and the Sendai Framework 2015. Based on feasibility studies in 2015-2016 with the US Embassies of Canada and Russia, the constituency will include northern academics and researchers who apply Arctic science for DRR research, Arctic-based corporations, First Responders (FRs), Emergency Management Offices (EMOs) and Risk Management Offices (RMOs), military, Coast Guard, northern police forces, Search and Rescue (SAR) associations, boroughs, territories and communities throughout the Arctic. Panelists present the results of the feasibility study among Arctic DRR stakeholders, the Embassy Reports' recommendations, procedures for a clearinghouse using an ecosystem model, and plans for a Research Coordinator Network.