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PAME's deliverables for the 9th AC Ministerial meeting
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Written by Federica   
Friday, 08 May 2015 08:10

Cover page of "The Framework for a Pan-Arctic Network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)"Cover page of "The Framework for a Pan-Arctic Network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)"PAME is one of six Arctic Council working groups. PAME was first established under the 1991 Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy and was continued by the 1996 Ottawa Charter that established the Arctic Council.

PAME is the focal point of the Arctic Council's activities related to the protection and sustainable use of the Arctic marine environment. It has a specific mandate to keep under review the adequacy of global and regional legal, policy and other measures, and where necessary to make recommendations for improvements that would support the Arctic Council's Arctic Marine Strategic Plan (2004).

PAME carries out activities as set out in bi-annual work plans approved by the Arctic Council on the recommendation of the Senior Arctic Officials. These activities led by PAME include circumpolar and regional action programmes and guidelines complementing existing legal arrangements aimed at protection of the Arctic marine environment from both land and sea-based activities. The Permanent Participants (Indigenous Organizations) of the Arctic Council participate actively in the work of PAME. PAME works in close collaboration with the other five Arctic Council Working Groups



The ninth Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council took place in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada from April 24-25, 2015. This meeting marked the end of Canada's Arctic Council Chairmanship (2013-2015) and the start of the US Chairmanship (2015 – 2017). Ministers of the eight Arctic states and Leaders of the six Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council met, as well as the Chairs of the Arctic Council working groups.

The following are the PAME deliverables to the ministerial meeting:

The Arctic Marine Tourism Project (AMTP) Best Practice Guidelines
The Arctic Marine Strategic Plan (AMSP) 2015-2025.
The Framework for a Pan-Arctic Network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
PAME Work Plan 2015-2017.
The Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Guidelines: Systems Safety Management and Safety Culture Report.
Status on Implementation of the 2009 AMSA Report Recommendations
Ecosystem Approach Progress Report.





Report on Gender Equality in the Arctic now available
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Written by Federica   
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:24

Gender equality Report (source: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland) Gender equality Report (source: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland) The report Gender Equality in the Arctic: Current Realities, Future Challenges contains summaries and highlights from the international conference held on 30-31 October 2014. The conference was held in Akureyri, Iceland  with 150 participants representing various stakeholders from all member states of the Arctic Council: Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark (Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Iceland, Finland, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden,
the United States, and representatives of the Permanent Participants.The purpose of the conference was to promote an extensive policy relevant dialogue on gender equality issues in the Arctic to lay the foundation for further cooperation of the many different stakeholders researching, teaching, discussing and promoting gender equality in the region.

The report draws together the conference's main conclusions, highlighting the importance of diversity when it comes to shaping the future of the Arctic region and pointing out that economic and environmental factors affect men and women differently. Emphasis is also placed on the necessity to take Gender equality into account in all aspects of development in the Arctic and that gender equality becomes a policy priority issue with all the Arctic states.

The conference addressed both the current situation and challenges ahead; differences in political participation and representation in decision-making positions, in the public and private sectors. Economic development and impacts of climate- and environmental changes were also discussed, as well as the harnessing of natural resources, human security, human capital, migration, education and adaptation: all from a gendered perspective.

The conference Gender Equality in the Arctic: Current Realities, Future Challenges brought together over 150 participants, representing, government, academia, business, NGO's and different indigenous groups from all the Arctic states.

The conference was organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, The Centre for Gender Equality, the Stefansson Arctic Institue and the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network


Download the report here


(Source: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland

Call for abstracts: Due North: Next Generation Arctic Research & Leadership
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Written by Federica   
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 08:27

Seal (photo: Getty Images) Seal (photo: Getty Images) The 11th Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies has organized a Student Conference,  "Due North: Next Generation Arctic Research & Leadership" to be held in Calgary, November 5-8, 2015.

The Organizing Committee  is pleased to announce that the Call for Abstracts is now open.
Abstracts will be accepted until May 31, 2015.

The Session Topics for the conference are:

C1: Arctic Communities: Resilience, Management, Culture, Indigenous Knowledge.
This session welcomes presentations that deal with the various aspects of understanding, implementing and addressing concerns related to resilience, Indigenous Knowledge across the pan Arctic. The Arctic is a diverse and unique environment that requires an in-depth understanding and respect of the environment, communities and cultures at play.

C2: Arctic Sustainable Development: Sovereignty, Infrastructure, Healthcare, Tourism, Land Management, Protected areas,

This session is for presentations that explore different facets of the complex notion of sustainable development in the north. This includes economic dimensions such as infrastructure, social dimensions such as healthcare, environmental dimensions including protected areas, and management approaches such as land management, sovereignty and arctic governance, and how to involve people through collaboration and citizen engagement.itizen Engagement.

C3: Arctic Wildlife, Ecosystem and Biodiversity: Flora & Fauna, Vegetation, Habitats, Food system, Migration patterns, Wildlife health and monitoring, Forest fire, Species Endangerment, Impacts, Conservation, Management.
Arctic ecosystems provide unique habitats for a diverse community of flora and fauna. Vegetation changes throughout the circumpolar north, from southern boreal forest to northern tundra landscapes. Arctic ecosystems are subject to change due to natural disturbances, such as fire and insects, and anthropogenic, such as mining and climate change. These disturbances can have cascading effects on migration patterns and health of local wildlife. Ecosystems are complex, however through collaborative studies we will be better prepared to implement management and conservation practices.

C4: Arctic Food Security: Food sovereignty, Subsistence, Productivity, Transportation, Food safety.
Food insecurity is a growing concern among Arctic communities. Complex changes in the circumpolar regions pose new challenges to food security and to traditional food systems. The objective of this session is to explore and integrate the diverse dimensions of food security in the Arctic, with an emphasis on the key drivers of food insecurity. This session is intended to promote the dialogue among researchers, exploring the broad dimensions of food security and discussing strategies to ensure food security in northern communities.

C5: Arctic Landscapes: Geology, Geomorphology, Hydrology, Glaciology.
Interest in Arctic landscapes has grown over the past few decades following growing concern over amplified climate change in the circumpolar North. Scientists are studying the ways in which unique Arctic attributes are being affected by continually warming temperatures. This session seeks to bring together researchers who are investigating linkages, feedbacks, processes, and overall system health of the Arctic landscapes. Presentations related to geology, geomorphology, hydrology, glaciology, climatology, biogeochemistry, limology, and microbiology are welcome. This session aims to highlight the role Arctic Landscapes play in the broader Earth system.

C6: Climate Change and adaptation: Arctic Warming, Extreme events, Climate Variability, Biogeochemical Cycles, Changing Landscapes, Building Resilience.
Recently there has been strong evidence of the ongoing impacts of climate change with implications for biological resources and globally important feedbacks to climate. The rapidly expanding body of climate change research integrates a range of scientific disciplines. This session is intended to address biogeochemical variables involved in climate variability, to identify current and future exposure sensitivities to climate change, barriers and enablers of adaptive capacity, and knowledge gaps in published literature.

C7: Disaster Risk Management: Oil Spills, Toxic contaminants, Coastal Floods, Mitigation, Capacity Building.
This theme involves the occurrence and repercussions of disasters, including oil spills, coastal flooding, contamination from toxins, and any other natural or anthropogenic hazards that affect northern environments. While these types of risks have an impact on the environment, the habitat of northern species and northern communities, different types of mitigation strategies exist to deal with these realities. This theme also explores plans of action to mitigate risks and the various ways to strengthen the relationship between the community to achieve sustainable development and mitigation strategies for disaster relief through community capacity building.

C8: Policy, Politics and Leadership: Commerce, Geopolitics, Climate Laws, International Organizations.
The Arctic is a unique and strategic region with increasing political and economic importance. Heightened interest in the development of previously untapped Arctic resources as well the possibility of new and more predictable trans-arctic shipping routes has spurred international interest in this region. Therefore, effective leadership and international policies governing Arctic territories is essential to promote stability and development in the region.

C9: Arctic Environment (Data and Techniques): Remote Sensing, Modeling, Surveying, Data sources, Ice core drilling.
Arctic Climate and Environment is constantly fluctuating with receding glaciers, melting of permafrost and disappearance of Arctic sea ice. Advancement in Arctic System Science studies has brought along new data sources and emerging technology to solve a large number of research problems currently existing in the Arctic. This session is designed for new budding researchers, who are actively involved in the science of remote sensing, climate modeling, field surveying and Arctic ice core drilling on a wide variety of polar applications.

C10: Arctic Resources: Renewable energy, Fossil fuels, Fishing, Oil and Gas, Exploitation, Consultation.
Natural resource extraction and development activities are rapidly expanding, and are now prevalent features throughout northern regions. Extractive activities are diverse, and often have profound impacts on northern peoples, environmental sustainability and stewardship, and northern economies. This session aims to encompass broad topics such as mineral and hydrocarbon extraction activities, subsistence and commercial fisheries harvest exploitation, and community consultation associated with any such activities. Accordingly, we encourage contributions that broadly focus on important natural resources issues, including those related to the sustainable development, extraction, assessment, and management of natural resources in the Arctic​.

C11: Future of Arctic: Opportunities & Vulnerabilities, Mitigation, Culture, Climate, Wildlife, Indigenous Communities, Economy, Sustainability.
Rapid Arctic environmental change is complex, unprecedented, and has impacts at local and global scales. From ongoing strategic planning and forecasting to prepare for change, to the creation of new economies and opportunities as newcomers visit the Arctic and as communities generate novel solutions to mitigate change, adaptation will involve all facets of the Arctic system. This session will focus on highlighting emerging challenges and linkages to natural, social and physical systems, showcasing case studies in adaptation and mitigation, presentation of forecasted scenarios and/or solutions, and discussions focusing on all aspects of a future Arctic in a global context, from ecosystem resilience to preserving cultural heritage, and from the design of new technologies for sustainability, to strengthening international cooperation and policy.


To submit an abstract, please click here

To Register for the conference, please here


Norden Call: Sustainable cities – the Nordic way
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Written by Federica   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 09:13

A view of Reykjavik (photo:Johannes Jansson/ A view of Reykjavik (photo:Johannes Jansson/ Norden has recently released the following call for "sustainable urban spaces competition": 


As part of the Danish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2015, the Danish Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs and Nordic Innovation (a Nordic Council of Ministers body) have launched a competition, which will run in 2015–2017, aimed at devising innovative solutions for urban spaces.

The Nordic Region is full of fascinating urban spaces, and the Danish Presidency seeks to nurture this tradition.

"The Nordic Region has a good track record when it comes to thinking about urban spaces that function well within growing cities. There is strong political interest in these expanding cities being good places to live. We also have a strong economic interest in selling innovative products and solutions for them," says Carsten Hansen, the Danish Minister for Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs, who also doubles as Minister for Nordic Co-operation and is chair of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2015.

Nordic Built Cities Arena
On 27 April, over 200 people, including three ministers and a range of experts, attended Nordic Built Cities Arena in Copenhagen. The conference was organised by Nordic Innovation, the Danish Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs and the Danish Business Council. As well as the competition, the conference focused on exporting Nordic ideas and solutions.

The main objective of the competition is to develop smart, attractive and sustainable solutions for urban areas in the Nordic Region. However, it also seeks to encourage the effective marketing of Nordic solutions for growing cities around the world, and to ensure that the focus of these efforts is both Nordic and international.

Sustainable urban spaces competition
The competition consists of three phases. During the first phase, from March to June 2015, cities, local authorities and companies from all over the Nordic Region will compete to be one of up to eight urban spaces to host local competitions.

During the second phase, from August to December 2015, the Nordic construction industry and related services will be invited to submit concept proposals for the selected spaces. For each space, a local jury will select a maximum of four finalists to proceed to the next phase.

During the third phase, from December 2015 to May 2016, the finalists will work closely with the owners of the spaces chosen and draw up final proposals. One winner will be chosen for each space, and the winning concepts will be realised as development projects. Finally, an independent jury of Nordic and international experts will announce the winner of the overall NOK 1.2 million prize.

Nordic Built Cities will also be part of the wider Nordic initiative, under the banner "New Nordic Climate Solutions", in the run-up to COP21 in Paris in December.

Further info about the conference Nordic Built Cities and Nordic Built Charter.

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Russian Foreign Ministry comments on the conclusion of Canada’s Arctic Council Chairmanship
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Written by Federica   
Monday, 04 May 2015 09:06

Arctic Council Logo On April 27th, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation released his official comments on the recently concluded Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting, which was attended by Sergei Donskoi, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation. 

Honorable Sergey Lavrov recalled the long-standing  commitment of the Arctic Council to maintain peace, stability and constructive cooperation in the Arctic, reaffirmed once again in the recently adopted Iqualuit Declaration. Nevertheless, the Ministry used the occasion to complain about Canada's "attempts to add unrelated matters to the Arctic Council's agenda, to politicise discussions, and to make decisions on Arctic cooperation issues dependent on these unrelated matters have not promoted cooperation".


Here the press release: 

Foreign Ministry comment on the conclusion of Canada's Arctic Council Chairmanship

The Ninth Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council was held in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada on April 24. The Russian delegation was led by Sergei Donskoi, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment.
At the meeting, the ministers signed the Iqaluit Declaration reaffirming the commitment to maintain peace, stability and constructive cooperation in the Arctic and plans to further strengthen international cooperation. With this goal in mind, the ministers approved a number of documents, including the Framework Plan for Cooperation on Prevention of Oil Pollution from Petroleum and Maritime Activities in the Marine Areas of the Arctic, the Framework for Action on Enhanced Black Carbon and Methane Emissions Reductions, and the Arctic Marine Strategic Plan for the Period 2015-2025.
The ministers also established new working groups, including the Task Force on Telecommunications Infrastructure in the Arctic.
The meeting marked the conclusion of Canada's Arctic Council Chairmanship and the beginning of the US Chairmanship.
Overall, the Arctic countries' cooperation has been developing constructively, but Canada's attempts to add unrelated matters to the Arctic Council's agenda, to politicise discussions, and to make decisions on Arctic cooperation issues dependent on these unrelated matters have not promoted cooperation.
This was especially true during the preparations for and the holding of the Iqaluit meeting. However, neither the other Arctic countries nor the Organisation of Arctic Indigenous Peoples supported this policy from Canada and unanimously pointed to the inadmissibility of proposing a confrontational agenda for the Arctic forum.


(Source: website of the MInistry of Foreign Affairs of the Russia Federation

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