MacArthur hosted a meeting in July 2012 on the Russian Arctic given the Foundation’s interest in exploring the possibility of funding projects related to Russia’s global engagement. Organized by the Arctic Funders’ Group, the one-day event was designed to help funders gain a broad understanding of the Russian Arctic within the larger circumpolar context, taking into account the unique political, natural resource, and organizational landscape. The agenda was comprised of three interrelated sessions focused on 1) natural resources, 2) traditional peoples and their livelihoods, and 3) geopolitics. Each session informed how recent trends – warming, energy extraction, mining, shipping, and industrialization – are impacting ecosystems, peoples, and biodiversity in the Russian Arctic.
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