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Arctic Seminar Series: Challenges and opportunities for residents in the Upernavik District while oil companies are making a first entrance in Baffin Bay

Anthropologist Pelle Tejsner gives an interdisciplinary talk targeted to broad ARC public

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Wednesday 24 February 2016,  at 14:00 - 15:00


ARC, Ny Munkegade 114, Building 1540, meeting room 1540-020. Roskilde: I0.19.

Arctic oil. Photo Pelle Tejsner.

The oil industry is making its first entrance offshore in Baffin Bay in a time where Inuit hunters on the northwest coast of Greenland are struggling to uphold a traditional way of living.

The Government of Greenland encourages the operating companies to promote a high degree of local content in projects to secure benefits to residents in affected areas. However, a prerequisite to a high degree of local content is local interest to engage in these activities.

This presentation discusses findings based on recent interviews on these topics with residents (Upernavimiut) in the Upernavik district. It suggests that securing a high degree of local content in oil projects in the area requires both strategic investments and legislative adjustment and that a general vision for the area from the central administration could serve as a useful point of departure for social impact assessments by the operating companies.