This workshop will gather social and physical scientists, as well as community members, policymakers and business representatives to discuss the issues of measuring impacts of development and environmental change on coastal communities and designing sustainable development indicators to assess the condition of coastal social-ecological systems (CoSES). Furthermore, the workshop will discuss the system of science- and community-based indicators can be used for local and national policymaking and improving business opportunities in Arctic coastal towns.

Key themes/questions:
1.    What are the major changes and drivers within CoSES in the Russian (western) Arctic vis-à-vis other Barents and Polar Regions?
2.    What are the most important elements of SES do we measure/monitor to understand impacts and responses within CoSES and assess their resilience?
3.    What experience is available in the Arctic in respect to standard observations and community-based monitoring?
4.    What are the avenues to connect data and knowledge with governance and business opportunities, in particular in the Russian Arctic coast? (cf. Arctic investment protocol).

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