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  • Scientific Cooperation Task Force (SCTF) meets in Reykjavik

    2016-01-20 13:06:49

    The Arctic Council’s Task Force for Enhancing Scientific Cooperation in the Arctic (SCTF) met on 1-2 December 2015 in Reykjavik, Iceland. During the meeting the group continued to work on drafting the legally-binding agreement on scientific cooperation in the Arctic.

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    Arctic Council's Black Carbon and Methane Work Highlighted at COP21

    2015-12-18 12:35:21

    At the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21), in Paris, France, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iceland generously hosted and prepared a side event focused on the Arctic Council’s work on short-lived climate pollutants – in particular, black carbon and methane. This event, which followed discussions that took place at the Senior Arctic Officials’ meeting in Anchorage in October 2015, took place on Saturday 5 December. It ran adjacent to

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    EPPR (Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response) meets in Reykjavik

    2015-12-16 13:54:38

    The Arctic Council’s Working Group on Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) met on 1-3 December 2015 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Following their last meeting in Svalbard, EPPR met to discuss the group’s work on issues critical in the Arctic such as search-and-rescue (SAR) and preparedness and response to marine oil spills. EPPR is the Arctic Council’s point-of-contact for implementation of the 2013 ...

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    Interview: Telecommunications Task Force Co-Chairs

    2015-11-11 10:09:40

    The Arctic Council's Task Force on Telecommunications Infrastructure in the Arctic (TFTIA) was established at the Iqaluit 2015 Ministerial Meeting and held its first meeting in September 2015. We spoke with the co-chairs, Bo Andersen (Norway) and Niels Andersen (Kingdom of Denmark) about their backgrounds and expectations for the work of the Task Force.

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    Interviews with co-chairs of the Task Force on Arctic Marine Cooperation

    2015-10-29 13:50:53

    The Task Force on Arctic Marine Cooperation (TFAMC) was established at the 2015 Arctic Council ministerial meeting to assess the future needs for a mechanism for increased cooperation in Arctic marine areas.

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    Senior Arctic Officials’ Meeting Advances Arctic Council Agenda

    2015-10-23 14:15:18

    Representatives from the eight Arctic States and the Permanent Participants (six organizations representing Arctic Indigenous peoples) met in Anchorage, Alaska on October 20-22, 2015 to advance the work of the Arctic Council.

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    SDWG meets in Alaska to discuss ongoing and upcoming projects

    2015-10-14 13:22:31

    The Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) met recently in Chena Hot Springs, Alaska. The group discussed project ideas including solid waste handling in the Arctic, renewable energy microgrids and a remote energy training program, among others.

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    Senior Arctic Officials Meet in Anchorage, Alaska

    2015-10-13 19:34:34

    On 20-22 October 2015, the Arctic Council will convene in Anchorage, Alaska, for its first plenary meeting since the United States assumed the Chairmanship of the Council.  The meeting brings together the Arctic States, Permanent Participants (six organizations representing Arctic Indigenous peoples), Working Groups and Observers.

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    Interview with Ulrik Westman, ACAP Chair

    2015-10-09 07:45:34

    Read an interview with Ulrik Westman, the new Chair of ACAP (Arctic Contaminants Action Programme), an Arctic Council Working Group…

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    Biodiversity Indicators: Land Cover Change Index

    2015-10-02 11:31:49

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME all met during the week of 13-18 September 2015 in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the historic occasion, we’ve been highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This piece addresses the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program's Land Cover Change

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  • Workshop: Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response

    2015-09-30 11:27:06

    WASHINGTON – Representatives from the Arctic Council participated in an EPPR MOSPA exercise workshop held September 15-17, 2015 at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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    Biodiversity Indicators: Migratory Bird Index

    2015-09-28 08:25:19

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME all met during the week of 13-18 September 2015 in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the historic occasion, we’ve been highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This article looks at the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program's Migratory Birds

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  • People net-fishing in a river

    Salmon Peoples of Arctic Rivers

    2015-09-25 12:28:01

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME all met during the week of 13-18 September 2015 in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the historic occasion, we’ve been highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This article focuses on a project looking at wild salmon and Arctic communities.

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    Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

    2015-09-24 02:22:39

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME all met during the week of 13-18 September 2015 in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the historic occasion, we’ve been highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This article focuses on some of the work that Working Groups PAME and CAFF do on Marine

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    Scientific Cooperation Task Force (SCTF) meets in Copenhagen

    2015-09-23 10:27:51

    The Arctic Council’s Task Force for Enhancing Scientific Cooperation in the Arctic (SCTF) held its sixth meeting in Copenhagen on August 19-20, 2015. Fifty delegates attended the meeting, including representatives from all eight Arctic Council Member States, Permanent Participant organizations the Aleut

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  • Graph from the Arctic Biodiversity Data Service

    Arctic Biodiversity Data Service

    2015-09-22 12:53:29

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME all met during the week of 13-18 September 2015 in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the historic occasion, we’ve been highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This article looks at the Arctic Biodiversity Data Service (ABDS) from Working Group

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    Implementation of the Arctic Marine Strategic Plan

    2015-09-21 12:33:20

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME all met during the week of 13-18 September 2015 in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the historic occasion, we’ve been highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This article focuses on the Arctic Marine Strategic Plan by Working Group ...

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    The Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI)

    2015-09-18 15:02:03

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME all met during the week of September 14-18, 2015 in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the occasion, we’re highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This article focuses on CAFF's landmark Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative.

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    Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON)

    2015-09-17 16:25:00

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME are all meeting this week in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the occasion, we’re highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This article looks at the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks, or SAON, an initiative supported by Working Group AMAP.

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    Following up on the Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment

    2015-09-16 13:30:39

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME are all meeting this week in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the occasion, we’re highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios.This article focuses on PAME's 2015 Progress Report on the Implementation of the 2009 Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (AMSA)

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