The 2009 Arctic Council Meeting in Tromso, Norway endorsed PAME´s future activities as follows:
Take note of the progress that PAME and other Arctic Council bodies have achieved in implementation of the Arctic Council Arctic Marine Strategic Plan (AMSP) and encourage continued efforts towards meeting the long term goals and objectives of AMSP.
Note that the increasing human activity in the Arctic Ocean poses challenges to its health and warrants a more integrated ecosystem based approach to ocean management to maximize environmental protection and promote sustainable use of the marine environment including related to shipping, oil and gas development, fisheries, coastal zone development, ocean disposal of waste and other ocean?related activities,
Approve the Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (AMSA) 2009 Report including its recommendations on enhancing Arctic marine safety, protecting Arctic people and environment and building Arctic marine infrastructure and request Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) to develop appropriate follow up actions,
Note that increased marine access and navigation in the Arctic Ocean calls for development and implementation of suitable national and international regulations, where appropriate, to advance the safety of Arctic marine shipping, including marine pollution prevention, reduce accident risk, and facilitate effective emergency response,
Encourage active cooperation within the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on development of relevant measures to reduce the environmental impacts of shipping in Arctic waters,
Urge that the ongoing work in the IMO to update the Guidelines for Ships Operating in Arctic Ice-Covered Waters be completed, application of its relevant parts be made mandatory, and global IMO ship safety and pollution prevention conventions be augmented with specific mandatory requirements or other provisions for ship construction, design, equipment, crewing, training, and operations, aimed at safety and protection of the Arctic environment,
Approve the revised Arctic Council Offshore Oil and Gas Guidelines and urge all States to apply these Guidelines throughout the Arctic as minimum standards in national regulations,
Approve the revised Arctic Council Regional Programme of Action for the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (RPA), and encourage the continued implementation of the RPA,
Take note of the importance of the RPA in the context of the Global Programme of Action (GPA) and UNEP.
Recognize that the RPA should be used as a management framework for assisting in addressing related climate change effects in particular pollution adaptation measures in the coastal areas of the Arctic.
Take note of the ongoing efforts of the Russian Federation and other Arctic States to implement their respective National Programmes of Action for the protection of the Arctic marine environment.
Welcome the PAME progress Report on the Ecosystem Approach to Arctic Marine Assessment and Management 2006?2008.
Take note of the PAME report on progress towards enhanced application of the Ecosystem/LME approach and encourage PAME, in close collaboration with AMAP and CAFF, to further develop the LME approach through pilot projects.
Welcome the report of the Best Practices in Ecosystems Based Oceans Management in the Arctic Project, and endorse the summary of Observed Best Practices for ecosystems-based oceans management,
Request PAME and SDWG to work collaboratively on the follow up of the BePOMAr project.
Welcome with appreciation the report of the Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs), note with appreciation the progress made by the Working Groups and thank the Member States, Permanent Participants, Observers and all organizations that contribute to Arctic Council projects,
Adopt the recommendations in the SAO report and instruct SAOs to review and adjust, if needed, the working mandates of the Arctic Council working groups and their work plans for 2009-2011 in accordance with the guidance provided in this Declaration,