Arctic Contaminants Action Program

ACAP contributes to efforts to reduce environmental risks and prevent pollution of the Arctic environment.

ACAP’s mission is to contribute to the efforts to reduce environmental risks and prevent pollution of the Arctic environment.

ACAP acts as a strengthening and supporting mechanism of the Arctic Council, encouraging national actions to reduce emissions and releases of pollutants and to reduce environmental, human health and socio-economic risks.

ACAP, in cooperation with national authorities, develops pilot projects that build capacity and demonstrate emission reduction activities for contaminants. Exchange of information and knowledge on best practices, technologies, regulations, and other measures among Arctic States are key instruments in this work. ACAP contributes to the implementation by the Arctic States of international conventions and related protocols relevant to the Arctic.

Latest news

ACAP’s Green Meeting Policy

ACAP has recently decided to “green” its meetings.
13 Mar 2020
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Women of the Arctic Council: Interview with Inger Johanne Wiese, Chair of the Arctic Contaminants Action Program

In honor of International Women’s Day on 8 March, we spoke with some of the women who work with the Arctic Council to learn more about them, what it means to be a woman i...
02 Mar 2020
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Interview with ACAP Chair Inger Johanne Wiese

"ACAP’s work is focused on pollution and short-lived climate drivers. Pollution is a threat to the Arctic ecosystem and people living there."
27 Jun 2019
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Events

April
May
26 May 2020
ACAP Heads of Delegation meeting Teleconference
June
24 Jun-25 Jun 2020
SAO Executive Meeting (TBC) Akureyri, Iceland
September
22 Sep-23 Sep 2020
ACAP Working Group meeting Oslo, Norway
October
01 Oct-02 Oct 2020
SAO Marine Mechanism (SMM) meeting (TBC) Reykjavik, Iceland
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ACAP Projects

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Circumpolar Local Environmental Observer Network (CLEO)
Our world is changing rapidly, and local observers can detect subtle changes in weather, landscapes and seascapes, and in plant and animal communities.
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The Tundra Project
Energy security is an ongoing issue for remote, off-grid communities in the Arctic, and maintaining systems that provide reliable and uninterrupted sources of energy can be difficult and expensive. Co...
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Arctic Black Carbon Case Studies Platform
Across the Arctic, countries and communities are taking action to reduce black carbon emissions. The Black carbon case studies platform highlights mitigation projects and policies relevant to the Arct...
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