Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment

The Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (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
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+354 461 1355
+354 863 8576

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PAME news

PAME releases first ‘plastic in a bottle’

The Arctic Council’s Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Group launched the first bottle equipped with a GPS transmitter into the Atlantic on 12 Se...
13 Sep 2019
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Interview with Magnús Jóhannesson, the Special Coordinator on Plastics

Magnús Jóhannesson is the Council’s designated special coordinator on plastics, marine litter. In this interview, the former Director of the Arctic Council Secretariat sp...
31 Jul 2019

Towards an international symposium on plastics in the Arctic

The “International Symposium on the Threat of Plastics to the Arctic and Sub-Arctic Marine Environment” will take place in Reykjavik 21-23 April 2020.
26 Jun 2019
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Calendar

June
24 Jun-25 Jun 2020
SAO Executive Meeting (TBC) Akureyri, Iceland
September
22 Sep-24 Sep 2020
PAME II - 2020 Anchorage, Alaska, USA
October
01 Oct-02 Oct 2020
SAO Marine Mechanism (SMM) meeting (TBC) Reykjavik, Iceland
28 Oct 2020
SAO Executive Meeting (TBC) Egilsstaðir, Iceland
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Recent publications

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Featured projects

Protection from Invasive Species
The Arctic Invasive Alien Species (ARIAS) Strategy and Action Plan sets forth the priority actions that the Arctic Council and its partners are encouraged to take to protect the Arctic region from a s...
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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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