The objective of the Arctic Contaminants Action Program (ACAP) is to prevent adverse effects from, reduce, and ultimately eliminate pollution of the Arctic environment. ACAP addresses Arctic pollution sources and acts as a strengthening and supporting mechanism to encourage national actions to reduce emissions and other releases of pollutants that are relevant in the Arctic.
Cooperative actions make an important and significant contribution to the overall international effort to reduce environmental damage on a global level. ACAP develops concrete project proposals for approval as Arctic Council projects, taking into account the needs of indigenous populations in the Arctic. Project that are approved by ACAP obtain their funding from many diverse sources, including the Arctic Council Project Support Instrument (PSI)