Arctic Contaminants Action Program

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Primary Focus
Reduction of Arctic pollution and environmental risks

Establishment
2006

Chairmanship 2021-2023
United States

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About ACAP

The Arctic Contaminants Action Program (ACAP) works to prevent and reduce pollution and environmental risks in the Arctic. ACAP carries out demonstration projects to raise awareness and show possibilities to cut pollution in the Arctic and clean up. ACAP encourages nations to strengthen policies and take actions to reduce pollutants and mitigate associated environmental, human health and socio-economic risks.

ACAP, in cooperation with national authorities, carries out its work through pilot projects, considering the challenges and risks of Arctic Indigenous populations. Pilot projects contribute to the reductions of:

  • Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) such as the industrial compound PCB, and mercury
  • Waste management on shore to prevent marine litter, plastics and microplastics, as well as hazardous substances, including obsolete pesticides, solvents and pharmaceuticals, and chemicals of emerging concern such as perfluorinated components
  • Short-lived climate pollutants (SLPs) such as black carbon, methane and hydrofluorocarbons currently covered in international conventions

The Arctic Council’s Projects Support Instrument (PSI) fund approves ACAP projects. The PSI finances activities aimed at preventing and mitigating pollution in the Arctic region and is primarily intended for project preparation activities such as project identification and concept development, pre-feasibility studies, environmental impact assessments, business and financing plans and more.

ACAP is led by a Chairmanship that rotates between Arctic Council States every two years. Arctic States and Permanent Participants participate in the work, and Observers are invited to participate at ACAP meetings.

Patrick Huber
ACAP Chair

Kseniia Iartceva

Executive Secretary
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ACAP Secretariat

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Four Expert Groups are active and working to develop practical actions to reduce the pollution of the Arctic environment:

ACAP News

Mercury from outside the Arctic is polluting the region

A look at current trends, concerns and future action
10 May 2021

Tackling waste pollution in the Arctic with community empowerment

How the Saami Council engaged with communities to remove waste and reclaim land
10 May 2021

Green energy shift in the Arctic

Act short-term, gain long-term
10 May 2021
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Events

September
08 Sep-09 Sep 2021
ACAP Plenary Online
November
23 Nov-25 Nov 2021
SAO Plenary Salekhard, Russian Federation
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  • #PFAS, a group of more than 4700 chemicals, are highly persistent in the environment & contaminate groundwater, surface water and soil. PFAS are chemicals of emerging concern & #ACAP will address them in a new project. #pollution #ArcticCouncil More here: oaarchive.arctic-council.org/handle/11374/2… https://t.co/vcLoTZoFI3 July 22 9:54 am