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Mining and sustainability in the Arctic a major challenge

Published: 5 May 2021

Resource Extraction and Sustainable Arctic Communities (REXSAC) is a Nordic, interdisciplinary, center of excellence with the aim of creating new knowledge about sustainable development in the Nordic part of the Arctic. In a recently produced film, REXSAC presents its research results.

– Our research shows how societies and environments in our part of the Arctic are affected by global change processes – the consequences of climate change but also the demand for minerals and energy, says Dag Avango, professor of history at Luleå University of Technology and director of REXSAC.

Complex relationships

The film Resource Extraction and Sustainable Arctic Communities describes the complex relationships that affect the conditions for creating sustainability in an Arctic where different interests have widely differing views on what is a desirable future for the region: a large number of extractive industries are active here, former industrial activities sets the framework for living conditions and the greenhouse effect affects both the environment and society.

– The mining industry has created values and jobs, and metals are in demand for green conversion. At the same time, it generates new challenges, which must be taken into account if we are to be able to achieve sustainable development in the Arctic, says Dag Avango.

The goal is to provide decision-makers with the knowledge and perspectives necessary to be able to make well-informed decisions about the future of the Arctic.