Task forces and expert groups

Black Carbon and Methane Expert Group

Objective: Periodically assess progress of the implementation of the Arctic Council’s Framework for Action on Black Carbon and Methane, and to inform policy makers from Arctic states and for participating Arctic Council Observer states. This includes preparing, on a once every two-year cycle of the Arctic Council chairmanship, a high level “Summary of Progress and Recommendations” report, with appropriate conclusions and recommendations.

Dates active: 2015-Present

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Ecosystem-Based Management Expert Group

Objective: Developed four background documents and a final report addressing the group’s recommendations, which include a policy commitment, a definition of EBM in the Arctic, a set of principles for EBM in the Arctic, and a set of high-priority activities for coordinating and improving the EBM work of the Arctic Council. Examples include the need to develop an overarching EBM goal for the Arctic Council, implement international EBM initiatives, and ensure coordination and reporting for EBM activities of the Arctic Council and its working groups. The Expert Group concluded its work by delivering its final report to the Kiruna Ministerial Meeting in May 2013.

Dates active: 2011-2013

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Task forces

Task Forces are appointed at the Ministerial meetings to work on specific issues for a limited amount of time, remaining active until they have produced the desired results.

Experts from the Working Groups and representatives from the Arctic States take part in the Task Forces.

There are no currently active Task Forces. These Task Forces have completed their work and are no longer operational. Three of these Task Forces provided the venue for negotiating the Arctic Council's three binding agreements.

  1. Task Force on Arctic Marine Cooperation (TFAMC)
  2. Task Force on Improved Connectivity in the Arctic (TFICA)
  3. Task Force on Telecommunications Infrastructure in the Arctic (TFTIA)
  4. Task Force for Enhancing Scientific Cooperation in the Arctic (SCTF)
  5. Task Force on Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Prevention (TFOPP)
  6. Task Force on Black Carbon and Methane (TFBCM)
  7. Task Force to Facilitate the Creation of a Circumpolar Business Forum (TFCBF)
  8. Task Force for Institutional Issues (TFII)
  9. Task Force on Search and Rescue
  10. Task Force on Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response
  11. Task Force on Short-Lived Climate Forcers (SLCF)