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News: Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment

Report on Heavy Fuel Oil in the Arctic launched

The Arctic Council's Working Group on the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) issued its second Arctic Shipping Status Report – Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) Use by...
21 Oct 2020

On track with the regional plastic action plan for the Arctic

In October 2019, the Belfer Center’s Arctic Initiative and the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute co-hosted a workshop on Policy and Action on Plastic in the Arctic Ocean wi...
22 Apr 2020

From Iceland to Scotland in 207 days

A capsule containing a GPS transmitter travelled several thousand kilometres from Iceland to Scotland –highlighting how marine litter can travel.
20 Apr 2020

First Arctic Shipping Status Report from PAME Working Group highlights increase in Arctic shipping traffic

Ship traffic is increasing in the Arctic. The exploration and extraction of resources and increasing marine tourism combined with changing environmental, societal and eco...
14 Apr 2020

PAME releases first ‘plastic in a bottle’

The Arctic Council’s Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Group launched the first bottle equipped with a GPS transmitter into the Atlantic on 12 Se...
13 Sep 2019

Interview with Magnús Jóhannesson, the Special Coordinator on Plastics

Magnús Jóhannesson is the Council’s designated special coordinator on plastics, marine litter. In this interview, the former Director of the Arctic Council Secretariat sp...
31 Jul 2019

Towards an international symposium on plastics in the Arctic

The “International Symposium on the Threat of Plastics to the Arctic and Sub-Arctic Marine Environment” will take place in Reykjavik 21-23 April 2020.
26 Jun 2019

Large Marine Ecosystems of the Arctic: New fact sheets

A new series of fact sheets on the Large Marine Ecosystems of the Arctic provides a new lens through which to see the Arctic's natural boundaries.
31 Jul 2018

Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum Launches Public Web Portal

Today, the Arctic Council’s Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum launched a public Web Portal to assist in the effective implementation of the International Ma...
15 May 2018

Interview: Renée Sauvé, Chair of PAME

"Finland is providing leadership on initiatives that clearly link to the stewardship of the Arctic marine environment, such as their efforts related to environmental impa...
28 Aug 2017

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

PAME and CAFF have joined forces and are working on a project on Arctic Marine Protected and Important Areas that consists of three phases, each building upon the other, ...
24 Sep 2015

Following up on the Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment

Six years after its original publication, the AMSA Report continues to resonate as both a comprehensive and an authoritative analysis on the subject of Arctic shipping.
14 Sep 2015

Historic meeting of Arctic Council Working Groups

In the week of 14-18 September, four of the Arctic Council's six Working Groups will be gathering simultaneously in Tromsø...
10 Sep 2015

Arctic Ocean Review Project (AOR)

AOR is a two-phased project lead by the working group PAME (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment) and intends to analyze the status and trends in the Arctic marine...
01 Sep 2015

Arctic Marine Tourism Project taking shape

The Arctic Marine Tourism Project (AMTP) is part of a renewed effort by the Arctic Council to analyze and promote sustainable tourism across the circumpolar Arctic. The A...
19 Aug 2015

Interview: Renée Sauvé, PAME Chair

Along with the incoming U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, many of the Arctic Council Working Groups (ACAP, AMAP, CAFF, EPPR, PAME and SDWG) have also welcomed new ...
13 Aug 2015

Responsible Economic and Resource Development in the Arctic

It is recognized that the economic potential of the Arctic is enormous, and its sustainable development is key to the region's resilience and prosperity...
17 Apr 2015

Safe Shipping and Marine Environmental Protection

The Arctic Council’s vision for the Arctic marine environment is one that is healthy, productive, and resilient, and that supports human well-being...
14 Apr 2015

New Guidelines from PAME on Arctic Oil and Gas Safety Management

A new report from Working Group PAME provides guidance on options to promote improved safety culture and robust safety management systems in the Arctic offshore oil and g...
22 May 2014

Arctic Council recognized by Baltic Sea navies

The Arctic Council has been recognized for its “continuous commitment [to] the development and environmental protection of the Arctic” by the Sea Surveillance Co-operatio...
07 Mar 2014
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