The evidence of global warming is in no place more obvious than in the Arctic region. The Arctic has warmed rapidly...
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The Arctic contains some of the most iconic and beloved species in the world: polar bear, walrus, narwhal,...
The Arctic Council is engaged in numerous projects; directly or indirectly concerning the Arctic Ocean:
Almost four million people live in the Arctic today, with the precise number depending on where the boundary is drawn. They...
The Arctic Council has provided a forum for the negotiation of three important legally binding agreements among the...
The Arctic Council regularly identifies opportunities to contribute to the work being undertaken in various regional...
The goal of the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) is to propose and adopt steps to be taken by the Arctic States to advance sustainable development in the Arctic, including opportunities to protect and enhance the environment and the economies, culture and health of Indigenous Peoples and Arctic communities, as well as to improve the environmental, economic and social conditions of Arctic communities as a whole.
Canada hosted the meeting of the Emergency, Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) Working Group of the Arctic Council in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory which took place June 15-16, 2011.
At the 2009 Ministerial Meeting in Tromsø, the Arctic Council decided to establish a Task Force with a mandate to develop an international instrument on cooperation on Search and Rescue operations in the Arctic. The Task Force, co-chaired by Ambassador Anton Vasiliev of the Russian Federation and Ambassador David Balton of the United States, met five times: in Washington (December 2009), in Moscow (February 2010), in Oslo (June 2010), in Helsinki (October 2010), and in Reykjavik (December 2010).
The Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic (SWIPA) Assessment was formally delivered by AMAP to the 7th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Nuuk on 12 May 2011.
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.
A cool Arctic sun shone down on the Katuaq Cultural Centre in Greenland’s capital as talks between the countries of the Arctic Council got under way on Monday.
Sweden stands ready to take over the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council when the meeting of foreign ministers concludes in Nuuk, Greenland, this week. The five Nordic countries, together with the United States, Russia, Canada and representatives of indigenous peoples will discuss momentous changes in the climate and in the life of those who live in the region – and what to do if an environmental disaster occurs in the Arctic.
At the CBD-COP10 meeting in Nagoya, Japan, the Arctic Council’s Working Group on Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) held a side event presenting its report: “Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Selected Indicators of Change”. The report is the first output of the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA), of which results will be launched in 2013.
The 7th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting is fast approaching. The meeting takes place in Katuaq, the Nuuk Cultural Center, on 12 May 2011.
Cancun, Mexico, 1 December 2010. The Danish Ambassador to Mexico delivered a statement to the UNFCCC secretariat in Cancun on behalf of the Arctic States*. The statement, signed by Ms. Lene Espersen (Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Chair of the Arctic Council), was distributed to all state delegations attending the COP 16.
The Arctic Report Cards are a timely source of clear, reliable and concise information on the state of the Arctic. The 2009 Arctic Report Cards was released last week.
Thirty scientists, managers and community experts met in Vancouver, Canada, with the purpose to develop a technical report on what effects sea-ice reduction has on biodiversity in the Arctic. The Arctic Council Working Group on Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), organized and managed the workshop.
On 19-22 February 2011, twenty-two scientists, managers and community experts from Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia and the United States, met in Edmonton, Canada, to develop a Pan-Arctic Monitoring Plan for Polar Bears.
Around four million people live in the Arctic today, including indigenous peoples, northerners and recent arrivals. While some are hunters and herders living in sparsely populated areas, others could be considered city dwellers. This diverse population is characterized by cultural diversity and minority languages, but also by differing socio-economic conditions. Creating fair educational opportunities across Arctic communities has therefore been a priority during the Finnish Chairmanship.
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