11. Ministerial meeting in Rovaniemi, Finland, May 6-7 2019

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    Iceland's Chairmanship Program for the Arctic Council 2019-2021
    (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-05) Icelandic Chairmanship
    Document outlining the priorities for the second Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council from 2019-2021.
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    State of the Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity: Key Findings and Advice for Monitoring
    (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-09) Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF)
    The State of the Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Report (SAFBR), is a product of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) Freshwater Group of the Arctic Council’s Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group. The SAFBR provides a synthesis of the state of knowledge about biodiversity in Arctic freshwater ecosystems (e.g., lakes, rivers, and associated wetlands), identifying detectable changes and important gaps in our ability to assess biodiversity across a number of Focal Ecosystem Components (FECs; see Box 1): fish, benthic macroinvertebrates, zooplankton, planktonic algae, diatoms (algae), and macrophytes. The overall goal of the SAFBR is to assess the current status and trends of freshwater biodiversity of FECs across the Arctic on a circumpolar scale.
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    Alternative fuels in the Arctic
    (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019) Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME)
    Shipping activities in the Arctic impacts on climate change, health and the environment. Introducing alternative fuels in arctic shipping could significantly reduce emissions and impacts, as well as risk associated with the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil (HFO). Globally, alternative fuels are emerging as a viable option to oil-based fuels. There are currently 135 LNG powered vessels sailing, and a further 135 confirmed newbuilds. Biofuels and methanol are available in certain ports and used in nice applications. Fully electrical ferries are now in use, particularly in the Norwegian domestic ferry sector, with phasing in of more than 60 battery electric ferries over the next few years. Hybrid electric ships are emerging in the short sea segment for offshore and passenger ships/ferries. Hydrogen fuel cell powered ships are planned for first commercial application 2021. On behalf of PAME, DNV GL has in this report assessed alternative fuels and technologies for potential arctic use. The work is funded by “Funds for Arctic Environmental Cooperation” provided by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign affairs. Co-leads for PAME; Norway and WWF.
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    Rovaniemi Ministerial Statements
    (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-05-07) Arctic Council
    Joint declarations of the Foreign Ministers of the Arctic States at the 11th Ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council, held in Rovaniemi, Finland, 7 May, 2019.
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    Address by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Canada
    (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-05-07) Arctic Council
    Address by Minister Chrystia Freeland, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Canada at the Rovaniemi Ministerial meeting, 7. May, 2019.