Daria Burnasheva & Mariia Osipova
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on people’s livelihoods in the Arctic. Essential aspects of human wellbeing, such as access to basic health services, education, food and goods, transportation, and economic development, have all been severely tested during the pandemic, particularly in remote and hard-to-reach areas. Adding to the challenges posed by the coronavirus, unprecedented wildfires and floods in various regions of Sakha (Yakutia) have further intensified the pressure on indigenous and local communities. It is crucial that the assessment and analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic not only consider, but also integrate these factors. Doing so will enhance our understanding of the comprehensive impacts of the pandemic in the Arctic.