Task 4.1

Identification of stakeholders: existing and potential

The identification of key stakeholders is critical for successful engagement. This task will be carried out using robust methods, and with reference to the specific objectives of the EU-PolarNet project. A comprehensive “stakeholder map” will form the foundation of the implementation plan. This will be achieved by close cooperation with the other Work Packages and professional networks, like EU European Arctic Information Centre (EUAIC), International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA), SEARCH and ArcticNet.

The University of Groningen (RUG) is the most experienced partner to lead Task 4.1 since they have been heavily involved in the stakeholder mapping and stakeholder dialogue carried out in the EU Arctic Impact Assessment Project. The World Ocean Council (WOC) as the industry partner in EU-PolarNet and the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources (GINR) with its strong relation to residents in the Arctic will also be major contributors, and all other Work Package 4 partners will contribute as well.


This task will focus on:

  • Existing and potential stakeholders by sector (e.g. government policy, business, NGO’s, science and the public, particularly Arctic residents and indigenous people) that are likely to be end-users or influencers of polar research.

  • The most relevant stakeholders at local and regional levels, by exploring not only the key economic players, but also the most relevant institutional actors at national and international levels and disciplinary and interdisciplinary experts.

  • International networks and NGO’s with interest in and/relevance to both Polar Regions.

  • Core issues that are of particular interest to stakeholders, influencers and/or end-users. (e.g., the impact of climate change together with natural climate variability; oil, gas and mineral exploitation, marine transportation; fisheries, forestry, terrestrial infrastructure to be built and maintained, and tourism).

  • The geographical and geopolitical issues that may be of particular relevance to specific groups.

  • Groups of stakeholders for each of the different overarching scientific research themes.

  • The number and quality of online learning resources about the Polar Regions that are widely available to teachers and students.

Work Package lead

Carlo Barbante
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (CNR-DTA)
Venice, Italy
Tel:+39 0439 2348942
Email: barbante@unive.it

Task lead