Indigenous knowledge moves forward at Arctic Imperative summit

GIRDWOOD - from the Arctic Sounder -  An international gathering of policy makers, ambassadors and CEOs discussed the future of the melting Arctic at a summit on Monday, and many of them stressed the need for indigenous input before any development occurs.

Members of the illustrious lineup often voiced support for traditional knowledge, with some saying it has important scientific value.

They spoke at the Arctic Imperative, a three-day convention that, among other things, highlighted America's woeful standing in the global race to the north's undiscovered treasures.

The president of Iceland, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, said the Arctic has moved center stage onto the world's political and economic map, in part because of the vast collection of untapped energy that ranges from oil and gas to geothermal resources.

"I call it the new global frontier," said Grimmson, noting that indigenous groups will be involved in crafting policy as the region opens. The Arctic is the only place in the world where indigenous people have formal democratic access to the highest diplomatic organ, the Arctic Council, he said.

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