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Thursday, 06 August 2015 08:40

This map shows the main definitions currently in use to describe the Arctic (Arctic Portal) This map shows the main definitions currently in use to describe the Arctic (Arctic Portal)A selection of Arctic Portal maps are now availble online for free download here. Since 2009, Arctic Portal  has been providing visual information about Arctic related information (as sea-ice conditions, shipping lines, resources, Arctic people, governance, etc..) through various databases. The system is powered by the Inter-Map mapping system, developed by the Arctic Portal staff. 
All data utilized to create our maps are provided either from our partners, either from the best reliable databases currently available (sources are always quoted clearly). 

At the moment you can browse the section "Arctic Definitions", but new will come in the next few weeks. 

All maps can be downloaded and used for free, behind quotation of the source (the suggested quotation is : Map provided by . For any commercial use of our maps, which includes but it is not limited to, selling AP maps, modify and sell AP maps, pubblication, reports, books, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Russia' Partial Submission for part of the Arctic Continental Shelf
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Written by Federica   
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 08:52

Russian Federation FlagRussian Federation Flag "On 3 August 2015, the Russian Federation submitted to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, in accordance with Article 76, paragraph 8, of the Convention, and with reference to its Submission of 20 December 2001, information on the limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of its territorial sea is measured in respect of the Arctic Ocean" the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS)'s website reported yesterday. Russia, for which UNCLOS entered into force on April 1997, submitted its first documentation to claim part of the Arctic Ocean continental shelf on 20 December 2001. On 27 June 2002, the Commission adopted the "Recommendations of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in regard to the Submission made by the Russian Federation on 20 December 2001", which required Russia to submit additional information, and specifically: 

154/166. The Commission recommends that the Russian Federation make a revised submission in respect of its extended continental shelf in the Central Arctic Ocean based on the findings contained in these recommendations.
155/167. The Commission recommends that the Russian Federation follow the scientific and technical advice contained in its Scientific and Technical Guidelines, and as indicated in the various sections of these Recommendations of the Commission.
156/168. The Commission recommends that according to the materials provided in the submission the Lomonosov Ridge cannot be considered a submarine elevation under the Convention.
157/169. The Commission recommends that, according to the current state of scientific knowledge, the Alpha-Mendeleev Ridge Complex cannot be considered a submarine elevation under the Convention

Consideration of the partial submission made by the Russian Federation will be included in the provisional agenda of the next ordinary session of the Commission prepared in accordance with rule 5 and paragraph 2 of annex III to the Rules of Procedure of the Commission. 

Other 2 Arctic States with claimed territories of the Arctic continental shelf, namely Norway and Denmark on behalf of Greenland have submitted their documentations to the CLCS, while Canada is expected to submit it anytime soon. As reported on the Russian's document (executive summary) submitted on Monday, the overlaps with other states' claims are: 

Kingdom of Norway :

The Kingdom of Norway and the Russian Federation have held bilateral consultations on delimitation of the areas comprising the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles in the Barents Sea, as well as in the western Nansen Basin in the Arctic Ocean.[...]The issue of maritime delimitation in the Barents Sea and Arctic Ocean between the Russian Federationand the Kingdom of Norway was settled with the entry into force on July 7, 2011 of the Treaty between the
Russian Federation and the Kingdom of Norway on Maritime Delimitation and Cooperation in the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean of September 15, 2010.

United States of America:
Under the Agreement between the USSR and the USA of June 1, 1990, the Parties delimited the territorial sea, economic zones, and continental shelf in the Chukchi and Bering seas, as well as in the Arctic and Pacific oceans. The United States ratified this Agreement; the Russian Federation applies it provisionally from the date of signature to present.

Kingdom of Denmark
The claimed areas in the Submission of the Kingdom of Denmark in respect of the continental shelf north of Greenland substantially overlap the areas included in this partial Submission. In particular, it concerns the polar region of the Arctic Ocean and parts of the Lomonosov ridge. The Russian Federation and the Kingdom of Denmark held consultations on the issue and agreed on the following


Canada's upcoming Submission may relate to the areas in the Arctic Ocean included in this partial Submission.


Read the Executive Summary of Russian Federation's Submission here.


(source: CLCS)



Press Release: European Union approves exemption for Nunavut seal hunt
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Written by Federica   
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 09:14

Premier of Nunavut, Peter Taptuna (Photo by US Embassy Canada - American Shelf Book Donation. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons)Premier of Nunavut, Peter Taptuna (Photo by US Embassy Canada - American Shelf Book Donation. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons)IQALUIT, Nunavut (July 31, 2015) – The European Union (EU) has formally approved the Government of Nunavut's (GN) application to become a Recognized Body under the Indigenous Communities Exemption of the EU Seal Regime.

This means that the GN will be able to certify that sealskins were harvested according to the rules of the exemption, thereby allowing Nunavut harvesters to sell their sealskins and sealskin products in the European market again.

"This is an important step towards the recognition of sealing as a way of life for Inuit, and is the result of close cooperation between the Department of Environment, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and other sealing stakeholders. We must ensure that communities benefit in a tangible way from this positive development by continuing to promote the recovery of international seal markets," said Johnny Mike, Minister of Environment.

Following the adoption of the EU seal ban in 2009, international demand and prices for sealskins collapsed. The GN continues to purchase sealskins from hunters through the Department of Environment's Fur Pricing Program; however, sealskin prices remain well below pre-ban levels.

Seal populations thrive both in northern and Atlantic waters. Harp seal numbers exceed seven million animals with no sign of a declining trend. The sale of sealskins will provide harvesters with an important source of income, and help to improve the economic sustainability of the seal hunt, which provides much-needed healthy food to remote Nunavut communities.

Media Contact:
Tana Silverland
Manager of Communications, Education and Outreach
Department of Environment
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(Source: Government of Nunavut)


"Arctic Biodiversity Through the Lens", a Photography Exhibit by CAFF opens today in Akureyri
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Written by Federica   
Friday, 31 July 2015 09:54

A photo from the exhibition (Photo: Jenny E. Ross, CAFF) "Arctic Biodiversity Through the Lens", a photography exhibit displaying the beauty of the Arctic, will open in Akureyri, Iceland, Friday July 31 at the Hof Cultural building at 14:00.

The exhibition consists of photographs from across the Arctic and displays the winning images from a photography competition held by the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group of the Arctic Council.

The exhibit also displays key findings from the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment, the first overall assessment of Arctic biodiversity. Over 250 scientists across the world participated in the generation of the assessment. The exhibit is held in cooperation with a strong network of institutions and companies located in Akureyri, which focus on Arctic issues.

Eiríkur Björn Björgvinsson, Mayor of Akureyri, will open the exhibit
Embla Eir Oddsdóttir, Director of the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network, will say a few words about the active Arctic network operating in Akureyri
Kári Fannar Lárusson, Program Officer at CAFF, will say a few words CAFF, the photography comptition and the story behind selected images.

Safety & Sustainability of Shipping and Offshore activities in the Arctic: a Roundtable
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Written by Federica   
Thursday, 30 July 2015 09:55

Swedish icebreaker (source: Getty Images) Swedish icebreaker (source: Getty Images) Individuals with expertise in the maritime Arctic and future potential exploitation are cordially invited to participate in a roundtable discussion to discuss the risks to, and the resilience of, the Arctic with regards to increased transport and offshore activities. The roundtable will take place Tuesday, September 8th 2015 at IMarEST HQ, Aldgate House, 33 Aldgate High Street, London. 

Global warming is particularly evident in the Arctic and the steady reduction of the Arctic sea ice has been well documented, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reporting that Arctic sea ice extent has decreased by 2.9% per decade over the 1978-1996 period; sea ice has thinned, and there are now more melt days per summer. There is broad consensus that this warming trend will continue and that the Arctic may eventually become ice-free during the summer. Aside from the environmental effects of such a warming, another consequence is the increased possibility of the opening up of the Northern Sea Route (NSR) for high-volume commercial traffic, a likelihood of increased offshore activity and a higher volume of tourist activities. Any increase in commercial activity is likely to bring with it associated risks to both the environment, to assets and to people.

This roundtable will investigate the primary risks and aim to answer a few key questions:

What are the major risks to assets, to the environment and to people?
How can those risks be assessed, and prevented?
How can the risks be contained, managed and mitigated?
Is the policy and regulatory approach fit for purpose?
What other incentives could be used in order to make the overall process more effective?
Once a system of prevention and response/ mitigation measures have been established, what would be the best approach to monitor progresses of increased safety and environmental protection?
In addition, the roundtable will look at which risks are well understood and which require research or action, as well as investigating what the worst case scenarios are how they can be prevented.

A written report from the meeting will be produced and made available to all with an interest in this topic.

Who should attend
The roundtable aims to engage multiple stakeholders with expertise sought that covers topics such as (but not limited to):

Prevention and response to Oil spills and Hazardous and Noxious Substances (HNS)
The use of MARPOL Special Areas and IMO Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs)
Environmental protection
Marine and Climate science
Design and construction of ships and offshore assets
Ship and offshore equipment including lifeboats and Personal Protective Equipment
Navigation and communications
Operations and human element
Search and Rescue
International regulation and policy measures
Liability and compensation
Shipping economics
A report of the roundtable will be published and, although it is intended that participants will be listed, no comments will be directly attributed to individuals participating.
Deadline: 15 August 2015
Experts wishing to attend the event should send their request This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by no later than 15th August 2015. Please advise us of your specific area of expertise in the request.

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