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Arctic Council for 25 years
Video messages celebrating the anniversary (September 2021)
Pame Chair: Jessica Nilsson
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First PAME Chair: Per Schive
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PAME WP Cover v3 The PAME 2021-2023 Work Plan was developed in accordance with: PAME’s mandate; priorities identified and recommendations made within Arctic Council approved reports; direction provided from Ministerial declarations; follow-ups on recommendations from Arctic Council projects and the AMSP (2015-2025), which outlines the overall direction of the Arctic Council for the protection of the Arctic marine environment; and policy follow-up on the scientific and other relevant assessments of the Arctic Council. Additional project proposals may be developed within the scope of this WP between 2021-2023, subject to PAME approval, confirmed lead/co-lead commitment and financing.

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PAME Projects and activities in the 2021-2023 Work Plan
Arctic Marine Shipping
(12 activities)
  1. Arctic Shipping Status Reports (ASSR)
  2. New Low Sulphur Fuels, Fate, and Behavior in Cold Water Conditions
  3. Underwater Noise in the Arctic: Understanding Impacts and Defining Management Solutions - Phase II
  4. Collaboration with the Arctic Regional Hydrographic Commission (ARHC)
  5. Systematically Strengthening Observer Engagement in PAME’s Shipping Work
  6. Arctic Ship Traffic Data (ASTD) System
  7. The Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum
  8. Interpretation of the Polar Code
  9. Wastewater Discharges from Vessels in the Arctic - A Survey of Current Practices
  10. Arctic Port Reception Facilities Inventory
  11. Arctic Arrangement for Regional Reception Facilities
  12. Raising awareness in the Arctic Council of the provisions of the 2012 Cape Town Agreement for the safety of fishing vessels
  13. Marine Invasive Alien Species in Arctic Waters (joint PAME-CAFF Project)
Marine Litter in the Arctic
(4 activities)
  1. Develop an Implementation Plan for the Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter in the Arctic (ML-RAP)
  2. Arctic Coastal Cleanup
  3. Fishing Practice & Gear Inventory: Enhancing Understanding of Abandoned Lost or otherwise Discarded Fishing Gear (ALDFG)
  4. Marine Litter Communication and Outreach Activities
Marine Protected Areas
(6 activities)
  1. Continue the project on Modelling Arctic Oceanographic Connectivity, with the inclusion of the Central Arctic Ocean, to further develop PAME’s Marine Protected Areas Toolbox
  2. Different Ways of Knowing: Applying Indigenous and Local Knowledge and Scientific Information to Arctic Conservation Planning
  3. Develop additional Information Briefs on the Arctic marine environment under change
  4. Revisiting the Framework for a Pan-Arctic Network of MPAs (2015) for potential updates
  5. Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECM) in the Arctic Marine Environment (joint PAME-CAFF Project)
  6. Expansion and refinement of the MPA-Network Toolbox
Ecosystem Approach to Management
(7 activities)
  1. 7th EA Workshop on values and valuation of the cultural, social and economic goods and services produced by the ecosystems
  2. Third International Science and Policy Conference on Implementation of the Ecosystem Approach to Management in the Arctic
  3. Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) of the Central Arctic Ocean (WGICA)
  4. Revise the Ecosystem Approach Framework (EA) and develop a tool for following EA implementation in the Arctic LMEs
  5. Report on development in defining or setting Ecological objectives
  6. Synthesis Report on Ecosystem Status, Human Impact and Management Measures in the Central Arctic Ocean (CAO)
  7. Concept paper on further cooperation under the Arctic Council on Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM/EA) of Arctic marine ecosystems
Resource Exploration and Development
(4 activities)
  1. Meaningful Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Marine Activities (MEMA): Outreach and Next Steps
  2. Management of Arctic Marine Oil and Gas Associated Noise
  3. Update the Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Regulatory Resource (AOOGRR)
  4. Existing Waste Management Practices and Pollution Control for Marine and Coastal Mining

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2019-2021
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2015-2017
2013-2015
2011-2013
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Arctic Marine Strategic Plan 2015-2025

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The Arctic Council’s vision for the Arctic marine environment is:

"Healthy, productive, and resilient Arctic marine ecosystems that support human well-being and sustainable development for current and future generations."

 

AMSP front SmallThe Arctic Marine Strategic Plan articulates how the Arctic Council can increase its understanding of the impacts of human activities, climate change and ocean acidification. The AMSP recognizes the importance of acquiring a better understanding of Arctic change so that actions can be taken that allow Arctic inhabitants, including Arctic indigenous peoples to further adapt to the change. The strategic actions identified in the AMSP will guide the work of the Arctic Council and its subsidiary bodies in the coming decade.

The AMSP 2015-2025 was approved in April 2015 at the 9th Arctic Council 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 Arctic Council’s Arctic Marine Strategic Plan 2015-2025 (AMSP) provides a framework to guide its actions to protect Arctic marine and coastal ecosystems and to promote sustainable development.



 
 
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AMSP DOCUMENTATION
3rd AMSP IMPLEMENTATION STATUS REPORT
AMSP IMPLEMENTATION PLAN
AMSP COPMMUNICATION PLAN

 


Arctic Marine Strategic Plan 2005-2015

AMSP PDFThe 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:

  • Reduce and prevent pollution in the Arctic marine environment
  • 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.


AMSP front SmallPAME activities are governed by the Arctic Council Working Group Common Operating Guidelines. The Operating Guidelines are to be read and used in conjunction with other documents, including:

Arctic Marine Strategic Plan 

PAME activities are guided by the Arctic Marine Strategic Plan and biennial Work Plans, which are developed by the PAME Working Group for approval by the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials.

Layout and Communication

PAME follows the Arctic Council Communication Strategy, and also designs its products based on the Arctic Council Brand Book. PAME also adhers to the Arctic Council Writing Style Guide.

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AMSP DOCUMENTATION
3rd AMSP IMPLEMENTATION STATUS REPORT
AMSP IMPLEMENTATION PLAN
AMSP COPMMUNICATION PLAN

 


PAME is one of six Arctic Council working groups. PAME was first established under the 1991 Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy and was continued by the 1996 Ottawa Charter that established the Arctic Council.

PAME is the focal point of the Arctic Council’s activities related to the protection and sustainable use of the Arctic marine environment and provides a unique forum for collaboration on a wide range of activities in this regard.

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PAME MANDATE
"To address marine policy measures and other measures related to the conservation and sustainable use of the Arctic marine and coastal environment in response to environmental change and from both land and sea-based activities, including non-emergency pollution prevention control measures such as coordinated strategic plans as well as developing programs, assessments and guidelines, all of which aim to complement or supplement efforts and existing arrangements for the for the protection and sustainable development of the Arctic marine environment."


PAME-Diagram-2017.jpgPAME operates largely within these themes:


PAME carries out activities as set out in bi-annual work plans approved by the Arctic Council on the recommendation of the Senior Arctic Officials. These activities led by PAME include circumpolar and regional action programmes and guidelines complementing existing legal arrangements aimed at protection of the Arctic marine environment from both land and sea-based activities. PAME works in close collaboration with the other five Arctic Council Working Groups.

The PAME Working Group consists of National Representatives responsible for its work in their respective countries. Permanent Participants, representing Arctic indigenous groups, also participate in PAME, as well as representatives of several observer countries and interested organisations. PAME provides a unique forum for collaboration on wide range of Arctic marine environmental issues.

The PAME WG generally meets twice a year to assess progress of work, discuss program priorities and develop its biennial work plans. The PAME WG is headed by a chair and vice-chair, which rotate among the Arctic countries and is supported by an International Secretariat, based in Akureyri, Iceland. PAME reports to the Senior Arctic Officials, and through them, to the Ministers of the Arctic Council that meets every two years.

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Every two years, a summary report for the work of PAME during each biennium is created. These reports give insight into PAME's work in each of its six working themes.

The PAME Main Achievements 2019-2021 was one of PAME's deliverables in 2021.


PAME Chairmanship

PAME's Chair:
Dr. Jessica Nilsson
Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management
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PAME Vice-Chair
Elizabeth McLanahan
Director
Office of International Affairs
For the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
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PAME Heads of Delegations

  • Canada: Maya Gold (Fisheries and Oceans Canada, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • The Kingdom of Denmark: Charlotte Betina Mogensen (Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Finland: Jan Ekebom (Ministry of the Environment, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Iceland: Stefán Einarsson (Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Norway: Fredrik Theisen (Ministry for Climate and Environment, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • The Russian Federation: Tamara Dalgatova (Ministry of Natural Resources, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Sweden: Anna Karlsson (Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • The United States: Elizabeth McLanahan (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

PAME Secretariat Staff

Executive Secretary
Soffia Gudmundsdottir
Mobile: + 354 863 8576
Email: pame(at)pame.is

Executive Assistant
Olga Pálsdóttir
Tel: +354 462 3350
Mobile: + 354 861 6636
Email: olga(at)pame.is

Project Manager
Hjalti Þór Hreinsson
Tel: +354 462 3357
Email: hjalti(at)pame.is

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PAME Meetings

Nov 1999: Akureyri, Iceland
Jun 2000 : Copenhagen, Denmark
Jan 2001: Washington D.C., USA
Oct 2001: Moscow, Russia
Apr 2002: Reykjavik, Iceland
Feb 2003: Stockholm, Sweden
Feb 2004: Helsinki, Finland
May 2004: Reykjavik, Iceland
Feb 2005 : Copenhagen, Denmark
Sep 2005: Alborg, Denmark
Mar. 2006: Oslo, Norway

Aug. 2006: Murmansk, Russia
Mar. 2007: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sep. 2007: Reykjavik, Iceland
Jun. 2008: St. John‘s, Canada
Oct. 2008: Helsinki, Finland
Oct. 2009: Oslo, Norway
Mar. 2010: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sep. 2010: Washington D.C., USA
Feb. 2011: Oslo, Norway
Sep. 2011: Reykjavik, Iceland
Mar. 2012: Stockholm, Sweden

Sep. 2012: Halifax, Canada
Feb. 2013: Rovaniemi, Finland
Sep. 2013: Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Feb. 2014: Alaska, USA
Sep. 2014: Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
Feb. 2015: Akureyri, Iceland
Sep. 2015: Tromsö, Norway
Feb. 2016: Stockholm, Sweden
Sep. 2016: Portland, Maine, USA
Jan. 2017: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sep. 2017: Helsinki, Finland

Feb. 2018: Quebec City, Canada
Oct. 2018: Vladivostok, Russia
Feb. 2019: Malmö, Sweden
Sept. 2019: Reykjavík, Iceland
Feb. 2020: Oslo, Norway
Sept. 2020: Online
Feb. 2021: Online
Mar. 2022: Postponed



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Arctic Council for 25 years
Video messages celebrating the anniversary (September 2021)
Pame Chair: Jessica Nilsson
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First PAME Chair: Per Schive
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