Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment

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Primary Focus
The protection and sustainable use of the Arctic marine environment

Establishment
1991

Chair 2021-2023
Sweden

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PAME

About PAME

PAME addresses marine policy measures in response to environmental change from both land and sea-based activities. PAME develops and coordinates strategic plans, programs, assessments and guidelines, complementing existing legal arrangements aimed at protection of the Arctic marine environment.

PAME’s projects largely operate within the following themes:

  • Arctic Shipping
  • Marine Protected Areas
  • Resource Exploration and Development
  • Ecosystem Approach to Management
  • Arctic Marine Pollution

PAME’s Chairmanship rotates between Arctic Council Member States. Arctic States and Permanent Participants participate in the work, and Observers are invited to participate at PAME meetings.

Katrine Nissen
PAME Chair

Elizabeth McLanahan

Vice-Chair
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Office of International Affairs
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Soffia Gudmundsdottir

Executive Secretary
PAME Secretariat
Email
+354 461 1355
+354 863 8576

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PAME news

The changing tides of Arctic shipping: how new fuels impact the Arctic

The Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) ban in Arctic waters comes into effect 1 July 2024.However, new fuels in use because of tightening regulations could have a far worse environment...
01 Jul 2024

New report: types of ships operating in the Arctic

A report from the Arctic Council Working Group on the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment reveals the types of ships operating in the Arctic
08 Apr 2024

Arctic Shipping Update: 37% Increase in Ships in the Arctic Over 10 Years

The Arctic Council Working Group on the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) published an update of 10-year trends in Arctic shipping, utilizing its Arctic ...
31 Jan 2024
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