Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment

Quick Facts

Primary Focus
The protection and sustainable use of the Arctic marine environment

Establishment
1991

Chairmanship 2021-2023
Sweden

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PAME addresses marine policy measures in response to environmental change from both land and sea-based activities. PAME develops and coordinates strategic plans, programs, assessments and guidelines, complementing existing legal arrangements aimed at protection of the Arctic marine environment.

PAME’s projects largely operate within the following themes:

  • Arctic Shipping
  • Marine Protected Areas
  • Resource Exploration and Development
  • Ecosystem Approach to Management
  • Arctic Marine Pollution

PAME’s Chairmanship rotates between Arctic Council Member States. Arctic States and Permanent Participants participate in the work, and Observers are invited to participate at PAME meetings.

Jessica Nilsson
PAME Chair

Elizabeth McLanahan

Vice-Chair
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Office of International Affairs
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Soffia Gudmundsdottir

Executive Secretary
PAME Secretariat
Email
+354 461 1355
+354 863 8576

Featured projects

Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter

The Regional Action Plan addresses both sea and land-based activities, focusing on Arctic-specific marine litter sources and pathways that will play an important role in demonstrating Arctic States’ s...
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Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) of the Central Arctic Ocean

PAME has teamed up with the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) to investigate the current state of the Central Arctic...

Underwater noise in the Arctic

PAME's State of Knowledge Review on Underwater Noise in the Arctic report provides a baseline understanding of underwater noise in Arctic regions, including ambient sound levels, underwater noise crea...
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Systematically Strengthening Observer Engagement in PAME’s Shipping Work

This project will identify options for leveraging Observer interest, expertise and engagement in PAME’s shipping work.
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Arctic Port Reception Facilities Inventory

Developing a current inventory of Arctic port reception facilities to assess where there may be infrastructure gaps in light of increasing Arctic shipping traffic.
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Arctic Arrangement for Regional Reception Facilities

Due to the Arctic’s unique circumstances (remoteness, severe weather, limited infrastructure and resources) regional arrangements are a practical means of meeting MARPOL obligations.
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Raising awareness in the Arctic Council of the provisions of the 2012 Cape Town Agreement

For the safety of fishing vessels and the experience gained in the implementation process by Arctic States and other nations, recognizing the importance of fishing vessel safety in the Arctic due to t...

Arctic Ship Traffic Data - ASTD

PAME's Arctic Ship Traffic Data (ASTD) project has been developed in response to a growing need to collect and distribute accurate, reliable, and up-to-date information on shipping activities in the A...
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Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum

The Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum facilitates an exchange of information and best practices on shipping topics like hydrography, search and rescue logistics, industry guidelines and ...
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Ecosystem Status, Human Impact and Management Measures in the Central Arctic Ocean

The aim of this project is to synthesize relevant information on the status, trends and projected changes in the Central Arctic Ocean, human activities and pressures in the area, and the current manag...
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Meaningful Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Marine Activities

Meaningful Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Marine Activities (MEMA) is a cross-cutting oil & gas and shipping project which compiles and analyzes existing documents and summa...
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Arctic Marine Tourism: Development in the Arctic and enabling real change

The Arctic Marine Tourism Project (AMTP) analyzes and promotes sustainable tourism across the circumpolar Arctic.
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Management of Arctic Marine Oil and Gas Associated Noise

The continuation of Arctic marine oil and gas activities requires a better understanding of the sources of noise and the effects and potential effects of noise on marine mammals and fish. Of critical ...
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Existing Waste Management Practices and Pollution Control for Marine and Coastal Mining

Arctic coastal mining has a long history. Historically, most of these mines discharged their waste rock and tailings into the ocean. The practice of depositing waste rock and tailings from mines into ...
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Arctic Shipping Status Reports

The Arctic Shipping Status Report (ASSR) project‘s main objective is to utilize the ASTD System to develop a user-friendly, illustrative informational factsheets online to highlight important developm...
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Interpretation of the Polar Code

The adoption of the Polar Code was a first step towards ensuring safe and sustainable shipping in the Arctic. In order to ensure the success of the Polar Code there is a need to work towards facilitat...
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Modelling Arctic oceanographic connectivity

Ongoing climate change may facilitate increased access to the Arctic region, and potential new economic opportunities, but may also bring potential threats to the Arctic marine and coastal environment...
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New Low Sulphur Fuels, Fate, and Behavior in Cold Water Conditions

Expanding our knowledge of the toxicity, fate, and behavior of new low sulphur fuel oils in cold water conditions.
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Collaboration with the Arctic Regional Hydrographic Commission (ARHC)

PAME and the Arctic Regional Hydrography Commission (ARHC) have developed a joint policy statement on the importance of hydrography in the Arctic region to safe and sustainable maritime navigation.

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  • PAME and the @IHOhydro's Arctic Regional Hydrography Commission (ARHC) have developed a joint policy statement on the importance of hydrography in the Arctic region to safe and sustainable maritime navigation. It was approved at the 2021 Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting. 1/6 June 16 11:52 am

PAME news

All tourism vessel traffic in 2019, cruise and passenger ships.

As Arctic marine tourism increases, how can we ensure it’s sustainable?

A look into Arctic tourism trends and local guideline development
10 May 2021
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Navigating the future of Arctic shipping

What an increase in Arctic shipping means for the region
10 May 2021
Credit: Nina Ågren

The workhorses behind the success

The work of the Arctic Council is so intricately linked to its six Working Groups that it would be impossible to write about the Council’s accomplishments without referri...
10 May 2021
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Calendar

June
29 Jun-30 Jun 2021
SAO Executive Online / Moscow
October
07 Oct-08 Oct 2021
PAME Plenary Online
November
16 Nov-18 Nov 2021
Arctic Shipping Best Practices Forum Online
23 Nov-25 Nov 2021
SAO Plenary Salekhard, Russian Federation
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