Arctic Council

The leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation in the Arctic.

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Featured Projects

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Arctic Black Carbon Case Studies Platform
Across the Arctic, countries and communities are taking action to reduce black carbon emissions. The Black carbon case studies platform highlights mitigation projects and policies relevant to the Arct...
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Arctic Sustainable Energy Futures Toolkit
The project created a comprehensive long-­term energy planning process for socially-­desirable and economically-­feasible energy solutions for communities in the Arctic by developing an Arctic Sustain...
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Arctic marine microplastics and litter
AMAP is developing a monitoring plan for microplastics and litter in Arctic waters.
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Risk Assessment methods and metadata
A common approach to marine risk assessment in the Arctic region.
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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 Remote Energy Networks Academy (ARENA)
ARENA seeks to increase human capacity, promote leadership, and deploy traditional and local knowledge through the creation of a knowledge exchange program emphasizing the development, operation, and ...
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International Standards for Petroleum, Offshore Oil and Maritime Industries
The purpose of this project is to describe how necessary engineering and technical standards are identified, developed, established and maintained, and to describe the work done by various internation...
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Indigenous Youth, Food Knowledge and Arctic Change (EALLU) II
This project aims to maintain and further develop a sustainable and resilient reindeer husbandry in the Arctic in face of climate change and globalisation, working towards a vision of creating a bette...
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Prevention, Preparedness and Response for small communities
EPPR has been working with small communities to improve their safety in case of an oil spill event.
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Arctic Biodiversity Data Service
An online mechanism to house, collect, display and search for Arctic biodiversity related data, maps and graphics for decision making.
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Circumpolar Oil Spill Response Viability Analysis (CORSVA)
The COSRVA is intended to provide more science-based decision-making in Arctic oil spill response contingency planning. An additional benefit of the study is the identification of components or method...
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Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP)
The CBMP is an international network of scientists, governments, Indigenous organizations and conservation groups working to harmonize and integrate efforts to monitor the Arctic's living resourc...
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The Arctic Remote Energy Networks Academy (ARENA) Program Seeks Renewable Energy Enthusiasts

Calling all renewable energy enthusiasts, the Arctic Remote Energy Networks Academy (ARENA) is seeking its next set of project participants.
19 Feb 2020

Behind the scenes of Frozen 2: How Saami representatives cooperated with Disney

We spoke to Christina Henriksen from the Saami Council about Saami elements in Frozen 2, how Saami culture was represented in an appropriate way, and what is means to a S...
23 Jan 2020
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The Arctic Council at Arctic Frontiers

This year’s conference will focus on the theme “Power of knowledge” and takes place from 26-30 January 2020.
20 Jan 2020
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Events

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21 Mar-23 Mar 2020
SDWG Meeting Akureyri, Iceland
24 Mar 2020
SAO Executive Meeting Akureyri, Iceland
25 Mar-26 Mar 2020
SAO Plenary Meeting Akureyri, Iceland
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