Project Period: Completed 2002
Lead Country: Norway
Brief: The Circumpolar Map of Resources at Risk from Oil Spills in the Arctic synthesizes existing information on sources of spills and internationally important biological resources that could be at risk in the event of an oil spill. The series of maps provides a tool for considering special precautions when oil operations are being planned close to sensitive areas – such as those containing high priority species that may be experiencing population threats in one form or another. The maps also identify resources at risk that have special implications for the peoples of the Arctic. The maps serve as a first-order overview of risks posed by potential oil spills for governments, international organizations and the general public.