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Diplomacy on IceEnergy and the Environment in the Arctic and Antarctic$
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Rebecca Pincus and Saleem H. Ali

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300205169

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300205169.001.0001

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Emergent Cooperation, or, Checkmate by Overwhelming Collaboration: Linear Feet of Reports, Endless Meetings

Emergent Cooperation, or, Checkmate by Overwhelming Collaboration: Linear Feet of Reports, Endless Meetings

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(p.213) 14. Emergent Cooperation, or, Checkmate by Overwhelming Collaboration: Linear Feet of Reports, Endless Meetings
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Diplomacy on Ice
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Glenn W. Sheehan

Anne M. Jensen

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300205169.003.0015

This chapter addresses the challenges faced by indigenous groups, often rural and small in number, in dealing with the issues involved in Arctic protection and development, through a case study of the North Slope Borough of Alaska. Difficulties include limited local capacity (due to small populations, high job turnover, and limited educational opportunities), regulation by distant bureaucrats who may never have visited the area, a cultural mismatch between the standard methods of receiving public comment and local conventions of proper behaviour, dismissal of local and traditional ecological knowledge, “Arctic experts” whose lack of understanding of the total cultural and subsistence system leads to solving one problem by creating another, and an overwhelming imbalance in resources and expertise between industries wishing to develop an area and the local government and local residents.

Keywords:   local capacity, Alaska North Slope, traditional ecological knowledge, development, regulatory compliance

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