• A closer look at sea ice: An interview with AMAP expert Sebastian Gerland

    Sebastian Gerland is a geophysicist at the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø. As a specialist for sea ice and climate, he has contributed to several projects and reports of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP). In this interview, Sebastian speaks about the shrinking Arctic sea ice cover and why its important to not just look at the annual minimum extent to understand trends and effects of a changing Arctic.

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    Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum Launches Public Web Portal

    Today, the Arctic Council’s Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum launched a public Web Portal to assist in the effective implementation of the International Maritime Organization’s International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code).

    The Web Portal, accessible at www.arcticshippingforum.is, provides links to authoritative information essential to implementation of and compliance with the Polar Code.

  • Interview: Renée Sauvé, Chair of PAME

    Renée Sauvé chaired the Arctic Council Working Group PAME during the U.S. Chairmanship (2015-2017), and has stayed on as the group’s Chair for the Finnish Chairmanship (2017-2019). In the interview below, read some of her thoughts as she looks back to PAME’s past two years, and ahead to its bright future.

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    Arctic Resilience Report launched

    The Arctic Resilience Report, launched last Friday, 25 November, identifies 19 tipping points that can and have occurred in Arctic marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems.

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    Wrap-up: EPPR meetings in Montreal

    “We covered so much ground here, and it was great to sense so much progress being made in these important areas." - EPPR Chair Amy Merten

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    Pacific Arctic Marine Fishes: an atlas and guide

    The Arctic Council’s biodiversity Working Group, the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), has released Pacific Arctic Marine Fishes, an atlas and guide to 101 species in the Pacific Arctic Region.

  • Arctic Council Advances Work on Arctic Issues

    At a meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska, March 15-17, the Arctic Council gathered Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) from the eight Arctic States, and the six Permanent Participant organizations representing indigenous peoples of the Arctic, to address ongoing efforts on a range of topics of high importance for the Arctic.

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    Task Force on Arctic Marine Cooperation continues discussions at meeting in Stockholm

    The Arctic Council’s Task Force on Arctic Marine Cooperation (TFAMC) met for a second time on 4-5 February 2016 in Stockholm.
    The Task Force continued its assessment of future needs for enhancing Arctic marine cooperation.

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    Interviews with co-chairs of the Task Force on Arctic Marine Cooperation

    The Task Force on Arctic Marine Cooperation (TFAMC) was established at the 2015 Arctic Council ministerial meeting to assess the future needs for a mechanism for increased cooperation in Arctic marine areas.

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    Senior Arctic Officials’ Meeting Advances Arctic Council Agenda

    Representatives from the eight Arctic States and the Permanent Participants (six organizations representing Arctic Indigenous peoples) met in Anchorage, Alaska on October 20-22, 2015 to advance the work of the Arctic Council.

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    Senior Arctic Officials Meet in Anchorage, Alaska

    On 20-22 October 2015, the Arctic Council will convene in Anchorage, Alaska, for its first plenary meeting since the United States assumed the Chairmanship of the Council.  The meeting brings together the Arctic States, Permanent Participants (six organizations representing Arctic Indigenous peoples), Working Groups and Observers.

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    Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME all met during the week of 13-18 September 2015 in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the historic occasion, we’ve been highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This article focuses on some of the work that Working Groups PAME and CAFF do on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

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    Implementation of the Arctic Marine Strategic Plan

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME all met during the week of 13-18 September 2015 in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the historic occasion, we’ve been highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This article focuses on the Arctic Marine Strategic Plan by Working Group PAME.

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    Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON)

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME are all meeting this week in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the occasion, we’re highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This article looks at the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks, or SAON, an initiative supported by Working Group AMAP.

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    Following up on the Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME are all meeting this week in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the occasion, we’re highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios.This article focuses on PAME's 2015 Progress Report on the Implementation of the 2009 Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (AMSA) Report Recommendations.

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    Historic meeting of Arctic Council Working Groups

    In the week of 14-18 September, four of the Arctic Council's six Working Groups will be gathering simultaneously in Tromsø...

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    Arctic Ocean Safety, Security & Stewardship

    At the 9th Arctic Council ministerial meeting, held in Iqaluit, Nunavut Canada in April 2015, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Minister for the Arctic Council, formally handed the Arctic Council Chairmanship to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, chair of the Arctic Council during the U.S. Chairmanship. On this occasion, Arctic ministers adopted an ambitious new work plan organized around three thematic pillars. The second of these – Arctic Ocean safety, security & stewardship – is addressed by numerous elements of the Council’s work plan for the years ahead.

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    Environmental Provisions of Polar Code adopted

    On 15 May, the environmental provisions of the Polar Code were adopted by the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)...

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    Oceans

    The Arctic Council is engaged in numerous projects; directly or indirectly concerning the Arctic Ocean:

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    Responsible Economic and Resource Development in the Arctic

    It is recognized that the economic potential of the Arctic is enormous, and its sustainable development is key to the region's resilience and prosperity...