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  • 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.

  • The Arctic Council at IPY From Knowledge to Action

    The final International Polar Year (IPY) conference will be held in Montréal, Canada April 22-27. Over 2,500 participants are expected. Attendees include Arctic and Antarctic researchers, academics, policy-makers, industry representatives, non-governmental organizations and inhabitants of circumpolar communities.

  • Photo: OliverN5 from flickr.com. Gothenburg city view.

    The Experts Group on Arctic Ecosystem-Based Management met in Gothenburg

    The Arctic Council Experts Group on Arctic Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) met to work towards a common understanding on Ecosystem Based Management in the Arctic.

  • Photo by Linnea Nordström: Swedish Museum of Natural History

    Senior Arctic Officials met in Stockholm

    Last week, the Arctic Council held the second SAO meeting under the Swedish Chairmanship among whales and dinosaur skeletons at the Swedish Museum of Natural History. Nearly 180 delegates gathered in Stockholm to discuss ongoing projects and also to approve or comment on future projects.

  • Photo from PAMEs meeting in Stockholm March 2012

    PAME Working Group meeting in Stockholm

    The Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) working group of the Arctic Council is meeting in Stockholm, Sweden for their first meeting of 2012. The meeting is being held at the facilities of the Prime Minister’s Office, Rosenbad 26-27 March.

  • Photo of the Drake passage by Peter Prokosch/GRID-Arenda

    Phase II of the Arctic Ocean Review

    The Arctic Ocean Review 
    Project (AOR) is a multi-phased project led by the working group PAME (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment) to review the status and trends of the Arctic marine environment;

  • Photo: From left to right: Robert Blaauw, Shell International , Joshua Reichert, Pew Environment Group , Lisa Speer, Natural Resource Defense Council, Anton Vasiliev, Russian SAO, Gustaf Lind, SAO Chair

    The Arctic - A beacon of hope

    On February 23 SAO Chair Gustaf Lind attended the World Oceans Summit in Singapore to speak on the panel titled The Arctic - beacon of hope? Russian SAO Anton Vasiliev also participated in the panel.

  • Photo: A visit to the Gällivare iron-ore mine Malmberget was included in the meeting schedule.

    SDWG Meeting in Gällivare

    The Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) meeting took place in Gällivare in Northern Sweden February 14-15. A total of 34 representatives from the Member states, Permanent Participants, PAME and AMAP Working Groups, and Observers attended the meeting.

  • Photo: Arctic parliamentarians meet in Stockholm. At the table, from left: Morten Höglund, Norwegian parliamentarian and Chair of SCPAR, Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt and Gustaf Lind, Sweden’s Arctic Ambassador.

    SCPAR meeting in Stockholm on February 14 2012

    On 14 February 2012 the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region (SCPAR) met at the Riksdag Building in Stockholm to discuss Arctic cooperation. Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt gave a speech during the meeting in view of Sweden’s Chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2011–2013.

  • Photo by Arctic Council. Gällivare train station taken in February 2012.

    Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group to meet in Gällivare

    On 14–15 February, the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group will meet in Gällivare. The meeting is being organised under the Swedish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, which lasts until 2013. Around 30 representatives of the eight member states, indigenous peoples and observer states will take part.

  • The CBMP receives GEO BON endorsement

    The Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP), the cornerstone program of the  Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group, received official endorsement from the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) in January 2012. CBMP now belongs to the GEO BON regional network

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  • Saami flag in red, green, yellow, and blue

    Saami National Day Celebrations

    The 6th of February is the Saami National Day which is celebrated in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, the four countries where the indigenous Saami people live today. The Saami National Day has been celebrated since 1993. The date, February 6, was chosen to commemorate the first Saami congress which was held in Trondheim, Norway in 1917.