International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III)
Over the past two decades, IASC has been organizing forward-looking conferences focused on international and interdisciplinary perspectives for advancing Arctic research cooperation and applications of Arctic knowledge. Indeed, the IASC Founding Articles call for IASC to host such a conference periodically in order to “review the status of Arctic science, provide scientific and technical advice, and promote cooperation and links with other national and international organizations.”
In 2015, it will have been 10 years since the 2nd International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP II in 2005) and 20 years since the first ICARP in 1995. ICARP III will provide a timely opportunity to further the development of cross-cutting, interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary initiatives, and engage IASC’s partners in future collaborative activities building on past experiences.
To address the emerging challenges identified within the IPY, a new and novel framework for long-term cooperation between the stakeholders with mandate and interest in the Polar Regions, entitled “International Polar Partnership Initiative” (IPPI), has been proposed. An International Steering Group is currently developing the concept for this long-term initiative. Based on the input from various international organizations and communities, the Steering Group is aiming at designing a common implementation plan for the development of observing systems, research, services, related education and outreach, and practical applications of scientific knowledge in the Polar Regions.
Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) is a process to support and strengthen the development of multinational engagement for sustained and coordinated pan-Arctic observing and data sharing systems. The systems serve societal needs and are related to environmental, social, economic and cultural issued.
The SAON vision is that users should have access to free, open and high quality data. The eventual goal is to enhance Arctic-wide observing activities by facilitating partnerships and synergies among existing 'building blocks', and promoting the exchange and synthesis of data and information. SAON engages a broad community including governments and operational agencies, scientists, indigenous peoples and northern residents, other stakeholders and the general public.
SAON was initiated by the Arctic Council in 2007. IASC in one of the main partners in the project.