Environmental protection lies at the core of the Arctic Council – ever since its establishment. In the Council’s founding document, the Ottawa declaration, the eight Arctic States affirmed their commitment to protect the Arctic environment and healthy ecosystems, to maintain Arctic biodiversity, to conserve and enable a sustainable use of natural resources.

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The Arctic Council is the recipient of the 2019 Global Award of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA). The award is handed out annually and recognizes individuals or institutions that have emerged as leaders in environmental assessments. The IAIA Award Committee honors the Arctic Council’s promotion of sustainable development and environmental protection and emphasizes the Finnish Chairmanship’s proposal for an Arctic environmental impact assessment tool. The award will the handed out in Brisbane shortly before the Ministerial meeting in May.

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The Arctic Council Working Group on the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) will host an Arctic wetlands workshop in Stockholm on 7 to 8 March 2019. The project “Resilience and Management of Arctic Wetlands” is an initiative led by Sweden.

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