The AMSP 2015-2025 was approved in April 2015 at the 9th ministerial meeting in Iqaluit, Canada.
The goals of the 2015-2025 Arctic Marine Strategic Plan are to:
- Goal 1: Improve knowledge of the Arctic marine environment, and continue to monitor and assess current and future impacts on Arctic marine ecosystems.
- Goal 2: Conserve and protect ecosystem function and marine biodiversity to enhance resilience and the provision of ecosystem services.
- Goal 3: Promote safe and sustainable use of the marine environment, taking into account cumulative environmental impacts.
- Goal 4: Enhance the economic, social and cultural well-being of Arctic inhabitants, including Arctic indigenous peoples and strengthen their capacity to adapt to changes in the Arctic marine environment.
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The aim of the Implementation Plan for the AMSP 2015-2025 forty strategic actions is to provide a structured approach that tracks follow-up activities (new and ongoing) over the next 10 years among the Arctic Council working groups with overall guidance from the SAOs.
AMSP - Communication Plan
The 2015 Arctic Marine Strategic Plan calls for the development of a communication plan to support the understanding and involvement in the implementation of the Strategic plan. The AMSP covers all Arctic marine areas and relates to all key activities affecting Arctic marine ecosystems; including coastal zones, river basins and other areas that are connected to the marine environment.
Arctic Marine Strategic Plan 2005-2015:
The Arctic Marine Strategic Plan (AMSP) was endorsed by Arctic Council Ministers in November 2004. The Arctic Council's vision for the Arctic marine environment is:
"A healthy and productive Arctic Ocean and coasts that support environmental, economic and sociocultural values for current and future generations."
The goals of this Strategic Plan were as follows:
• Conserve Arctic marine biodiversity and ecosystem functions
• Promote the health and prosperity of all Arctic inhabitants
• Advance sustainable Arctic marine resource use
The environmental, economic and socio-cultural changes occurring in the Arctic today are primarily driven by two key factors: climate change and increasing economic activity. The 29 strategic actions in the AMSP were selected according to its goals, principles and approaches, taking into consideration the current and emerging situation affecting the Arctic marine environment, its ecological integrity and the social, cultural, economic and physical well-being of its peoples.
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AMSP documents and reports
The following subject areas or themes were used to assist PAME in the development of an Arctic Marine Strategic Plan for the Arctic Council.
Arctic Shipping Activites into the next Decade
Oil and gas Activities in the Arctic Part 1
Oil and gas Activities in the Arctic Part 2
Environmental Impacts of offshore oil and gas development in the Arctic
Ocean Governance and its implementation: Guiding Principles for the Arctic Region
Ecosystem - Based Approaches for Conserving Artic Biodiversity
Financial and Partnership Approaches in Addressing, Land-Based
Environmental Emergencias and Risk Management
In order to ensure broad-based input and facilitate the development of a strategic plan, Iceland and Canada co-hosted a workshop in Reykjavik, Iceland, October 20-22, 2003. The principle objective of this workshop was to provide a forum for exchanging information and ideas on drivers of change, trends in oceans management and possible circumpolar responses to Arctic oceans issues.
AMSP Communications Plan to support understanding and involvement on the implementation of the Strategic Plan.