AOR is a two-phased project lead by the working group PAME (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment)and intends to analyze the status and trends in the Arctic marine environment (AME); review global and regional measures in place for the protection and sustainable use of the Arctic and provide advice to Arctic Council ministers in early 2013 as to how the management of the AME can be strengthened. Phase I (2009-2011) of the project focuses on information gathering and outreach and outlines existing measures. Phase II (2011) will analyze the information collected in Phase I with an emphasis on areas where the Arctic Council can effectively add value to the existing mechanisms of governance for the Arctic marine environment.
This work progressed through consultations with Working Group, including a meeting with Working Group Chairs and Secretaries held in Copenhagen on 2 March 2010 and by sharing drafts of the AOR Phase I Report with particular focus on their respective expert inputs on relevant chapters.
AOR Communication and Outreach Plan has been developed and published and an AOR expert workshop was held 13-14 September 2010 in Washington D.C to gather input on the status and trends of the Arctic marine environment. AOR Workshop Summary Report is available on the link below, together with the Phase I Report and the Communication and outreach plan. A Phase II project plan and time table has also been developed and a second AOR workshop took place 20-21 September in Reykjavik. During the workshop the future work of Phase II was outlined and discussed.