NLAI’s Jonathan Turner joined a week long workshop in Iceland earlier this year. The University of Southern Denmark (SDU) and Polar Research and Policy Initiative (PRPI) hosted the event as part of a multi-year, cross-disciplinary international project on Sustainable Tourism Development in the Nordic Arctic, with the support of the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science, Nordregio (Nordic Council of Ministers) and University of the Arctic (UArctic). The project also involves the active participation of a number of institutional partners across Europe and North America, including governments, tourism boards, tour operators, universities, think-tanks and foundations.

The network’s aim is to investigate how to utilise existing human capital, natural resources (especially marine living resources) and infrastructure capacity to develop innovative sustainable tourism that can diversify and make Arctic economic development more resilient. The Blue Economy connections are obvious many of the work shop sessions explored the balance that is being sought between enabling financial prosperity and meeting the needs of the environment and societies.

The workshop was held in Akureyri, Húsavík and Reykjavík from 18-22 March 2019, followed by a high-level dialogue hosted in the Alþingi – the Parliament of Iceland – and a networking reception hosted by the Ambassador of Canada to Iceland, Dr Anne-Tamara Lorre, at her residence in Reykjavík on the last day. The report below provides the aims, objectives and proceedings of the second workshop in Northern Iceland, while the short video offers a visual summary of the workshop. The report and the film were launched formally at a dialogue on Sustainable Arctic Tourism hosted by the Polar Research and Policy Initiative and the University of Southern Denmark at the Embassy of Iceland in London on 26 June 2019.

Watch the short film about the workshop here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=13&v=-2JDGKfj4rE

Read the report and proceedings here: http://polarconnection.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Sustainable-Arctic-Tourism-Workshop-Report-15-June-2019.pdf