Arctic Resilience Forum: Infrastructure
The Polar Institute is pleased to support the Arctic Resilience Forum, an online series hosted by the Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council and co-organized by the Sustainable Development Working Group of the Arctic Council and the Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center.
The Arctic has an infrastructure problem. Across much of the region, the basic assets that enable life in an integrated, globalized world—roads, ports, power grids, internet cables—are frequently inadequate, outdated, or nonexistent. As a result, Arctic communities often grapple with high costs and unreliable services, leaving them ill-prepared to address the realities of a warming climate and increased economic activity in the region.
What challenges do communities, investors, and government officials face when it comes to building infrastructure in the Arctic? How does climate change exacerbate vulnerabilities in existing infrastructure? How does resiliency encompass all types of infrastructure—including educational, scientific, and cultural infrastructure?
Please join the next session of the Arctic Resilience Forum for a conversation discussing these questions and the need for resilient infrastructure in the Arctic. Click here for more information about this session, registration, and please direct any questions to the Harvard Kennedy School's Arctic Initiative.
Inuuteq Holm Olsen
Director of Business Development, Alaska Ocean Cluster
Since its inception in 2017, the Polar Institute has become a premier forum for discussion and policy analysis of Arctic and Antarctic issues, and is known in Washington, DC and elsewhere as the Arctic Public Square. The Institute holistically studies the central policy issues facing these regions—with an emphasis on Arctic governance, climate change, economic development, scientific research, security, and Indigenous communities—and communicates trusted analysis to policymakers and other stakeholders. Read more