Protection 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
Office of International Affairs
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Executive Secretary
Soffia Gudmundsdottir
PAME Secretariat
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+354 461 1355
+354 863 8576

Featured projects

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...

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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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...

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 ...
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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  • Today PAME issued our third Arctic Shipping Status Report – Shipping in the Northwest Passage: Comparing 2013 with 2019. PAME uses its ASTD data for the report. The one on the NWP is available here: pame.is/projects/arcti… April 13 12:58 pm

PAME news

Report on Shipping in the Northwest Passage Launched

The Arctic Council’s Working Group on the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) issued its third Arctic Shipping Status Report – Shipping in the Northwest Pa...
13 Apr 2021

A sneak peek on the Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter – An interview with co-lead author Elizabeth McLanahan

The Icelandic Chairmanship put a focus on marine litter in the Arctic. One of the most anticipated outcomes is the Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter in the Arctic, wh...
30 Mar 2021

Navigating Arctic waters with the Arctic Council and the International Maritime Organization

Through the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group, the Arctic Council and IMO work together to encourage implementation of the Polar Code. Now in its ...
27 Nov 2020
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Calendar

May
20 May 2021
Ministerial Meeting Reykjavik/Online
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