The Arctic Marine Indigenous Use Mapping: Tools for Communities (AMIUM) projects goal is to produce a tool which makes use of established techniques and open source software that will allow coastal Indigenous communities to produce their own scientfically justifiable maps of marine use.
The project was included in the 2011-2013 PAME Work Plan which statet that it would "develop activities under the themes identified in the scoping paper on Arctic Indigenous Marine Use Survey Process as prepared by AIA and Saami Council.
PAME's 2013-2015 Work Plan added that "PAME will solicit regular progress reports from Arctic States, PPs and others as relevant, including the AIA project on building marine based subsistence mapping
capacity in Arctic coastal communities. PAME also encourages Arctic States to share with AIA and others, as appropriate, relevant information or methodologies."
The 2015-2017 PAME Work Plan included a detailed project plan for the project moving forward.
The project has three phases:
- State of Knowledge Report (published in 2013)
- First Draft Handbook - with expert review and comment (has been developed)
- Testing of the Tool in Three Communities
The finished tool will be freely disseminated via Arctic Council and other communicaton channels to any interested community.
A cooperative agreement for financial and in-kind support was signed with the Krean Maritime Institute in 2015.
A scoping paper was made in 2011 to assess possible joint efforts of PAME & other Arctic Council working groups addressing AMSA recommendations regarding the development of Arctic indigenous marine use. The paper was made by the Aleut International Association (AIA) and the Saami Council.
AMSA Recommendation II(A) – Survey of Arctic Indigenous Marine Use:
The paper was made based on this recommendation. It presents an argument for the need of developing of an AIMU (Arctic indigenous marine use) survey process through joint efforts of PAME and other working groups of Arctic Council within the framework of Arctic Council’s mandate.