Petuniabukta, Svalbard. Foto: Anja Nordvålen /

FACE-IT - Arctic Biodiversity & Livelihoods


FACE-IT aims to enable adaptive co-management of social-ecological fjord systems in the Arctic in the face of rapid cryosphere and biodiversity changes.


  1. Identify and quantify key drivers of biodiversity changes and their past and future trends.
  2. Identify cascading effects of a changing biodiversity associated with ongoing and projected changes in Arctic coastal food webs.
  3. Assess the interdependencies between environmental changes and Arctic coastal livelihoods.
  4. Support adaptive co-management at the local and national levels. 

FACE-IT rests on three overarching research approaches:

  1. the comparison of fjords and adjacent coastal areas under different degrees of cryosphere loss
  2. the integration of existing data through experimental research and modelling
  3. an emphasis on coproduction of knowledge to develop and propose adaptive co-management strategies that can safeguard local coastal livelihoods in times of rapid change


European Union - Horizon 2020
Ledes av
University of Bremen
Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway
Sorbonne University, CNRS, France
The University Centre in Svalbard, Norway
Aarhus University, Denmark
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany
Western Norway Research Institute, Norway
Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Greenland
Norwegian Institute of Marine Research, Norway