Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment

The PAME Working Group is the focal point of the Arctic Council’s activities related to the protection and sustainable use of the Arctic marine environment.

Quick Facts

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

Establishment
1991

Chairmanship
Finland

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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.

Paula Kankaanpää
PAME Chair; Director of the Marine Research Centre Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

Vice-Chair
Elizabeth McLanahan
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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Executive Secretary
Soffia Gudmundsdottir
PAME Secretariat
Email
+354 461 1355
+354 863 8576

Featured projects

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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...
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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...
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Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter
The Regional Action Plan will address 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...
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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 ...
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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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Ship in the Arctic. Photo: iStock / Alexey_Seafarer
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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PAME news

Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum Sees Record Attendance with Major Increase in Usage of its Web Portal

The Arctic Council’s Working Group on the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment established the Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum to raise awareness o...
25 Nov 2020

Life in the Arctic Ocean

Join Dr Libby Logerwell on an expedition into the waters of the Arctic Ocean. Dr Logerwell is a marine biologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (N...
29 Oct 2020

Report on Heavy Fuel Oil in the Arctic launched

The Arctic Council's Working Group on the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) issued its second Arctic Shipping Status Report – Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) U...
21 Oct 2020
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Calendar

2021

March
09 Mar 2021
SAO Executive Meeting Akureyri, Iceland
10 Mar-11 Mar 2021
SAO Plenary Meeting Akureyri, Iceland
April
14 Apr-15 Apr 2021
SAO Executive Meeting Reykjanesbær, Iceland
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