First Arctic Marine Litter Workshop

PAME’s Arctic marine litter expert group is holding a workshop in Akureyri, Iceland, 5-6 June, 2018. We kindly ask you to provide the names of experts for participation from your country to join the workshop in Akureyri.

Click here to register – Please confirm participation by April 9th

The workshop organizers expect Arctic states and permanent participants to join the workshop, in addition to relevant experts, including from Observer states. The workshop will be based around discussions for key aspects, in addition to several short presentations.

Aim of workshop: To facilitate inputs to the development of the desktop study, taking into account new developments and information as relevant.

Draft program outline:

Session I: Opening of the Workshop

  • Overview of the desktop study outline and timeline (co-leads)
  • Introduction of participants

Session II: Main legislative frameworks

  • Status and emerging trends of the legislative framework (Session II author)
  • Opportunities and options to strengthen and/or coordinate relevant legislative frameworks with particular relevance (invited expert)
  • Discussions and inputs from participants including potential recommendations (to feed into Session IV).

 Session III: Marine Litter Literature

  • The growing threat of marine litter (invited expert)
  • Status and emerging trends as per the literature categories (Session III author)

Session III (a): Sources: origin of plastic both within and outside the Arctic (e.g. land-sourced pollution, fisheries, shipping, industry, tourism/recreation...).

  • Sources of marine litter (2 cause studies: e.g. Holland, case study and a PP representative)
  • Discussions and inputs from participants including potential recommendations (to feed into Session IV).

Session III (b): Impacts:

  • Impact of marine litter (invited expert and 1-2 case studies from a PP representative)
  • Discussions and inputs from participants including potential recommendations (to feed into Session IV).

Session III (c): Pathways and distribution:

  • Pathways and distribution of marine litter invited expert and 1-2 case studies from a PP representative)
  • Discussions and inputs from participants including potential recommendations (to feed into Session IV).

Session III (c): Response:

  • Response/cleanup (e.g. Regional actions against marine litter HELCOM, OSPAR, case study from a PP representative)
  • Discussions and inputs from participants including potential recommendations (to feed into Session IV).

Expected outcome:

  • Summary Workshop report
  • Inputs and next steps for the development of the desktop study

Travelling information to Akureyri:

By flight: Via Air Iceland Connect, regular flights multiple times per day. Website: www.airicelandconnect.com

By bus: Buses travel from Reykjavík to Akureyri daily. Click here to go to the Strætó website.

By car: Driving from Reykjavík to Akureyri takes approximately 4.5 hours.


Hotel information
A block booking of 30 rooms reservation has been made at Hotel KEA in Akureyri. The price is 31.500 ISK/310 USD per night. Breakfast is included. The block booking is only available until April 9th. To book a room please send an email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +354 460 200, using the booking code CON-4793.

Hotel KEA https://www.keahotels.is/en/hotels/hotel-kea

Other hotels and guesthouses in center of Akureyri:



PAME I-2018 Documents