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  • Map showing minimum ice level

    Record minimum of ice in the Arctic

    On August 26 the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) informed users on their website that a new record minimum of Arctic sea ice extent had been set. The ice-cover in the Arctic continues to decrease each summer until the end of September when the trend turns and the ice begins to increase again. 

  • Icebreaker ship Oden navigating icy waters

    “The ice used to be hard, now it crumbles into little pieces”

    Reports appear in the media about the sea ice in the Arctic on a daily basis, and in September coverage is expected to reach an all-time low. American researchers are already warning that Arctic sea ice has reached its lowest level since satellite records began in 1979. How is this manifesting itself? We asked Richard Gyllencreutz, who is currently on a research expedition aboard the Swedish icebreaker Oden in the Arctic.

  • Delegates at RAIPON congress

    Permanent Participant Article Series: RAIPON

    The Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON) is the Russian umbrella organization which organizes 35 regional and ethnic organizations of indigenous peoples in the 25 regions where they live. RAIPON represents 41 groups of Indigenous peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East. The total number of people is about 300 thousand and they live in 60 % of the whole territory of the Russian Federation from Murmansk to

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  • Door of the Saami Council Secretariat

    Permanent Participant Article Series: Saami Council

    The Saami Council was founded in 1956, making it one of the oldest indigenous peoples’ organizations. The Saami Council is a volunteer-based and independent cultural and political cooperation organization for Saami organizations in Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden. The Saami Council is a non-governmental organization. 

  • Photo of Annika E. Nilsson by Stockholm Environment Institute

    Assessing Resilience in the Arctic: Annika E. Nilsson

    Annika E. Nilsson is Senior Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute, where she is project leader for the ongoing Arctic Council-approved Arctic Resilience Report (ARR).

  • Photo by Tom Barry. Inge Thaulow signing the agreement with the Ramsar Secretary General Anada Tiéga, while Tatiana Minayeva of Wetlands International is following the procedures.

    CAFF signs Resolution of Cooperation with Ramsar and AEWA

    On July 12 the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna and the Ramsar Secretariat signed a Resolution of Cooperation, at the 11th Ramsar Conference of the Parties, in Bucharest, Romania, bringing the two organizations together to raise awareness and promote the importance of Arctic wetlands.

  • The icebreaker ship Kontio

    Negotiations in Helsinki on New Arctic Agreement on Marine Oil Pollution Response

    At the 2011 Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Nuuk the ministers mandated a Task Force to prepare an international instrument on Arctic marine oil pollution preparedness and response. This Task Force held its forth meeting in Helsinki 18-20 June 2012.

  • Some Permanent Participant delegates wearing their traditional clothing

    History of the Arctic Council Permanent Participants

    The Permanent Participant (PP) organizations are a unique feature of the Arctic Council. They give indigenous peoples the opportunity to make valuable contributions to the Arctic Council's activities. The PPs have full consultation rights in connection with the Council’s negotiations and decisions. Delegates from the PP organizations attend the Arctic Council meetings and sit at the table together with the Member state and Working group and

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  • Picture from one of the workshop sessions.

    PAME Health and Safety Workshop

    The Protection of Arctic Marine Environments (PAME) working group held a Health Safety and Environmental Management Systems (HSEMS) Workshop in Keflavik, Iceland 10-12 June. The agenda of the workshop was coordinated with the related EPPR Recommended Practices for Prevention oil Pollution (RP3) workshop also held in Keflavik 11-12 June to facilitate the opportunity for oil and gas experts to attend and contribute to both workshops.

  • Photo: Front cover of the AMAP SWIPA report

    SWIPA informs global audience about changes in ice cover

    Results of a comprehensive assessment of changes in the Arctic Cryosphere – Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic (SWIPA) show rapid changes in major components of the Arctic Cryosphere, i.e. areas where water is frozen for at least part of the year. Information from the SWIPA assessment can be found in an extensive scientific report, several summaries and a series of short films.

  • Photo, Lev Levit, Arctic Council Secretariat, Offshore oil spill response exercise (Exercise Barents 2012).

    EPPR Workshop Observing an Oil Spill Response Exercise in Kirkenes

    The increased focus on potential exploration of Arctic offshore oil and gas and shipping this summer is made evident by a busy month of June for the Emergency Prevention Preparedness and Response working group (EPPR). On 5-7 June 2012, a workshop was held in Kirkenes, Arctic Norway, where the participants had the opportunity to observe the annual Russian - Norwegian Exercise Barents.

  • epresentatives of the PSI Contributors Finland, NEFCO, Norway, Sámi Parliament, Sweden, the Russian Federation and the United States of America.

    U.S. allocates 5 million to the environment in the Arctic

    The U.S. Government has decided to allocate up to 5 million USD to the Arctic Council's environmental projects. The funds will be designated to the Arctic Council's Project Support Instrument (PSI), which is administered by the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO). The deposit of the contributions from the United States and Russia will make the fund operational.

  • Photo: Linnea Nordström. APECS presented their new director during a mingle event at the IPY 2012 conference.

    New APECS director eager to begin shaping the future of polar research

    The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) was founded in 2006 as a branch of the 4th International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008. During the IPY conference From Knowledge to Action in Montréal in April APECS announced their new director Dr. Alexey Pavlov.

  • Photo: Bruno Pilozzi, SDWG, and Tony Gaston, Environment Canada, participated in the workshop. Photo by Courtney Price, CAFF

    Arctic Biodiversity Assessment: a Policy Development Workshop

    On 14-15 May 2012, the Conservation of Arctic Fauna and Flora (CAFF) working group organized a workshop to discuss ideas to inform the policy process resulting from the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA). The meeting took place at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, Sweden.

  • Photo by Inger Utne, AMAP: Reiersen has served for twenty years as Executive Secretary of AMAP.

    Lars-Otto Reiersen receives 2012 SETAC Rachel Carson Award

    Lars-Otto Reiersen, Executive Secretary of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) recently received the prestigious SETAC Rachel Carson Award.

  • Photo from the meeting, by Linnea Nordström

    Deputy Ministers’ Meeting: Outcomes

    The first Deputy Ministers’ Meeting under the Swedish Chairmanship was held in Stockholm on Tuesday 15 May. The meeting, hosted by State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Frank Belfrage, was met with great approval.

  • Photo by joeriksson on Flickr, entrance to Grand Hotel in Stockholm.

    Deputy Ministers' Meeting in Stockholm

    The Deputy Ministers' Meeting under the Swedish Chairmanship takes place next week on Tuesday 15 May. The venue is the "Spegelsalen" of the Grand Hotel in downtown Stockholm. Approximately 100 delegates are expected to attend.

  • Photo: Johan Rockström has more than 15 years experience from applied water research in tropical regions.

    Profile: Johan Rockström, Chair of the Arctic Resilience Report

    Tuesday May 15, the Arctic Council Deputy Ministers will meet in Stockholm at Grand Hotel. The Swedish Chairmanship seized the opportunity to arrange a lecture by Professor Johan Rockström, offering high-level representatives of the Council a unique opportunity to be updated on the Arctic Resilience Report (ARR).

  • Photo: Jaakko Henttonen on a fishing excursion

    Finnish Chairmanship of ACAP

    The Arctic Contaminants Action Program (ACAP) working group made the transition from Russian to Finnish Chairmanship following the SAO meeting in Stockholm at the end of March.The new Chair of the working group is Mr. Jaakko Henttonen. Henttonen has a degree in Water and Sanitary Engineering and has held a variety of civil engineering positions in the past. He has also worked on environmental affairs and banking. Currently he works for the

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  • Photo: Anthon Frederiksen, Gustaf Lind, and Mike Gill presented the ASTI report at the event.

    ASTI media event at IPY inspires articles

    On Monday April 23 The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group hosted a media event to present the updated version of the Arctic Species Trend Index (ASTI) to journalists attending the conference.