The objective of the Arctic Contaminants Action Program (ACAP) is to prevent adverse effects from, reduce, and ultimately eliminate pollution of the Arctic environment. ACAP addresses Arctic pollution sources and acts as a strengthening and supporting mechanism to encourage national actions to reduce emissions and other releases of pollutants that are relevant in the Arctic.

Cooperative actions make an important and significant contribution to the overall international effort to reduce environmental damage on a global level. ACAP develops concrete project proposals for approval as Arctic Council projects, taking into account the needs of indigenous populations in the Arctic.  Project that are approved by ACAP obtain their funding from many diverse sources, including the Arctic Council Project Support Instrument (PSI)

ACAP 2019-2021 Work Plan Snapshot

ACAP recognizes that cooperative actions contribute significantly to the overall international effort to reduce environmental damage on a global level. ACAP will continue to develop concrete project proposals within this mandate, considering the needs of Arctic indigenous communities by incorporating traditional knowledge and local knowledge when appropriate. The projects identified in ACAP’s work plan fall under four Expert Groups – POPs and Mercury, Waste, Short Lived Climate Pollutants and the Indigenous Peoples Contaminant Action Program. ACAP has noted the increasing focus on solid waste management, particularly as it relates to the need to reduce plastic marine litter and the release of microplastics into the Arctic environment. This is a crosscutting issue that will require cooperation among the relevant Arctic Council WGs including ACAP. ACAP may advance approved projects for funding to the Arctic Council Project Support Instrument (PSI) and other funding sources as appropriate. 

Read about Norway's Chairmanship of ACAP

About ACAP

ACAP meets twice a year to discuss priorities and projects identified in the work plan, including new projects within the ACAP mandate. ACAP contributes to cross-cutting initiatives of the Arctic Council. The ACAP Secretariat is housed permanently at the Arctic Council Secretariat in Tromsø, Norway. Inger Johanne Wiese (Norway) is the current Chair of ACAP. 

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ACAP Website
Current Chairmanship




Inger Johanne Wiese

Senior Adviser, Department for Marine Management and Pollution Control

Ministry of Climate and the Environment of Norway

Executive Secretary

Patti Bruns