What will take place in the Arctic in the next decade will have consequences for us all, as the changing of the "Albedo effect" is altering the global climate, disrupting many equlibria both in the ecosystem and in the social sphere. Changes in the Arctc will not stay in the Arctic, but will affect the rest of the plante. The need to exploit resources, the emergence of new actors in the Arctic and the discovery of abundant oil, gas, mineral and renewable energy respurces mean that we have to literally rethink and reconstruct the "Arctic" as a concept. Huge premises are made, but big questions are also raised about how we are rethink and regulate our "blue planet". A new regulatory framework is thus inevitable. This arcticle deals with the social aspects of the cimate chnage's effects and the understanding of human adaptation to climate change by explaining how the problem of exploration and exloitation of oil and gas and their use by indigenous people are strictly interconnected with Social Impact Assessment (SIA) and environmental protection. The article focuses on the social dimension of climate change coupled with business development of oil and gas firms in the Arctic with Greenland as a case study to illustrate opportunities and tensions affecting the indigenoous Greenlandic people. Some conclusions are drawn with the formulation of recommendations on the urgent need for direct participation of Arctic indigenous people in the decision-making policy creation on environmental protection measures and culture and advice on how to implement such recommendations. A solution to implement such recommendation would be to develop an interdiscipolinary research programme to be implemented through an interdisciplinary research centre susceptible to be turned into an international organization after a certain period of working activity at he academic level.

(2014). Balancing De Jure and De Facto Arctic Environmental Law Applied to the Oil and Gas Industry: Linking Indigenous Rights, Social Impact Assessment and Business in Greenland [journal article - articolo]. In THE YEARBOOK OF POLAR LAW. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10446/260549

Balancing De Jure and De Facto Arctic Environmental Law Applied to the Oil and Gas Industry: Linking Indigenous Rights, Social Impact Assessment and Business in Greenland

Mazza, Mauro
2014-01-01

Abstract

What will take place in the Arctic in the next decade will have consequences for us all, as the changing of the "Albedo effect" is altering the global climate, disrupting many equlibria both in the ecosystem and in the social sphere. Changes in the Arctc will not stay in the Arctic, but will affect the rest of the plante. The need to exploit resources, the emergence of new actors in the Arctic and the discovery of abundant oil, gas, mineral and renewable energy respurces mean that we have to literally rethink and reconstruct the "Arctic" as a concept. Huge premises are made, but big questions are also raised about how we are rethink and regulate our "blue planet". A new regulatory framework is thus inevitable. This arcticle deals with the social aspects of the cimate chnage's effects and the understanding of human adaptation to climate change by explaining how the problem of exploration and exloitation of oil and gas and their use by indigenous people are strictly interconnected with Social Impact Assessment (SIA) and environmental protection. The article focuses on the social dimension of climate change coupled with business development of oil and gas firms in the Arctic with Greenland as a case study to illustrate opportunities and tensions affecting the indigenoous Greenlandic people. Some conclusions are drawn with the formulation of recommendations on the urgent need for direct participation of Arctic indigenous people in the decision-making policy creation on environmental protection measures and culture and advice on how to implement such recommendations. A solution to implement such recommendation would be to develop an interdiscipolinary research programme to be implemented through an interdisciplinary research centre susceptible to be turned into an international organization after a certain period of working activity at he academic level.
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Mazza, Mauro
(2014). Balancing De Jure and De Facto Arctic Environmental Law Applied to the Oil and Gas Industry: Linking Indigenous Rights, Social Impact Assessment and Business in Greenland [journal article - articolo]. In THE YEARBOOK OF POLAR LAW. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10446/260549
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