Early origins

The ACIA had three initiation points. The first point is in the arena of global climate science as it has been articulated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The second point is in an organization for Arctic scientific cooperation and its attempts to identify areas for potential collaboration. The third point is in politically mandated scientific assessments of environmental problems conducted within the framework of the Arctic Council. This section discusses the dynamics that brought these three arenas together. Connecting these arenas was a meeting between international regimes, each with different spatial scales in focus and each with its own set of norms about both knowledge production and science-policy interactions. Who set the agenda and how was it modified in the initial phase of the assessment process?

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