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Arctic Governance: Traditional Knowledge of Arctic Indigenous Peoples from an International Policy Perspective

Terry Fenge and Bernard W. Funston, December 2009

This paper was prepared as a contribution to the Arctic Governance Project( The paper examines the role of tradtional knowledge in existing governance arrangements in the Arctic, including how traditional knowledge is addressed in selected Arctic-relevant international agreements. It discusses how these international agreements relate to regional governance arrangements and claims of sovereignty, co-management, and self-rule. Human rights and existing governance arrangements, negotiated between Arctic indigenous peoples and the states in which they reside, could usefully inform the evolution of international governance arrangements in the region.