AC Working Group: Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME)

The Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group (PAME) is one of the six working groups of the Arctic Council. PAME was founded as part of the 1991 Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy and its work continued by the 1996 Ottawa Charter that also established the Arctic Council. The PAME Secretariat is located in Akureyri, Iceland. PAME is the focal point of all Arctic Council activities that are related to the sustainable development of the Arctic marine environment. has a specific mandate to keep under review the adequacy of global and regional legal, policy and other measures, and where necessary to make recommendations for improvements that would support the Arctic Council's Arctic Marine Strategic Plan (2004). PAME carries out activities as set out in bi-annual work plans approved by the Arctic Council on the recommendation of the Senior Arctic Officials. These activities led by PAME include circumpolar and regional action programmes and guidelines complementing existing legal arrangements aimed at protection of the Arctic marine environment from both land and sea-based activities.


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