About PAME

The Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group (PAME)

PAME Diagram 2017PAME 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.

    PAME's 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 operates largely within these themes:
      • Arctic Shipping
      • Marine Protected Areas
      • Resource Exploration and Development
      • Ecosystem Approach to Management
      • Arctic Marine Strategic Plan 2015-2025
  • Arctic Marine Pollution
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. 

PAME's Chair

Reneé Sauve
The PAME Chair for 2015-2017

Director, Global and Northern Affairs
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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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

PAME Meetings

Time Location
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