Industrial development of the Arctic has been accompanied by waste accumulation, especially in the vicinity of indigenous villages. This represents a growing threat to safety and health of the Arctic people who – due to traditional living conditions – are exposed to higher levels of contamination in the air, water, soil and their food supply.

To address contaminant issues in indigenous peoples’ communities in remote areas of the Arctic, the Permanent Participants of the Arctic Council proposed the elaboration of the Indigenous Peoples Community Action Initiative. This initiative was approved by the Arctic Council at the Ministerial Meetings in Salekhard and Tromsø (under ACAP). The work of Indigenous Peoples Contaminant Action Program (IPCAP) EG is aimed at reducing exposure and impact of contaminants in indigenous peoples’ communities. The group shall also enhance involvement of Arctic indigenous peoples in these activities.

Terms of Reference

The main document regulating the operations and activities of the EG, is the Terms of Reference.

The Terms of Reference of IPCAP EG were approved at the ACAP Working Group Meeting in Oslo, 3 September 2010. This document gives the background information about the Expert Group, defines its mandate, the roles and the responsibilities within the group, the nature and the types of activities of the PSG, the phases of project implementation.

Co-chairs and contacts

The Expert Group will be lead by two Co-chairs, one elected by the Member states, and one - by the Permanent Participants of the Arctic Council. 

The Interim Co-Chairs of IPCAP are:

James Gamble
Executive Director
Aleut International Association
333 W. 4th Ave., Suite 301
Anchorage, AK  99501
tel: 907-33-ALEUT (332-5388)
Toll Free: 877-352-5388 (In Alaska)
Fax: 907-332-5380
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Patrick Huber
Office of International and Tribal Affairs
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
tel: +1-(202)-566-1935
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Documents and publications

Meeting reports produced by the IPCAP EG. 

IPCAP EP Meeting Report - September 2014

IPCAP EG Meeting Report - January 2015

IPCAP EG Status Report - September 2015

IPCAP EG Status Report - February 2016

IPCAP EG Status Report - August-September 2016