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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  • Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Guidelines. Systems Safety Management and Safety Culture. Avoiding Major Disasters in Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Operations. 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME), 2014-03)
    The Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Guidelines (AOOGG): Systems Safety Management and Safety Culture, was organized as a project under the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Group of the Arctic Council. ...
  • Framework for a Pan-Arctic Network of Marine Protected Areas. 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME), 2015-04)
    This framework for a pan-Arctic network of marine protected areas (MPAs) sets out a common vision for international cooperation in MPA network development and management, based on best practices and previous Arctic Council ...
  • Ecosystem Approach Progress Report. Joint Group of Experts on the Ecosystems Approach on Management. 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME), 2015-04)
    PAME established in 2007 an expert group on the Ecosystem Approach to Management (the EA-EG). This was broadened in 2011 to become a PME-led joint expert group with participation also of other Arctic Council working groups ...
  • Arctic Council. Status on Implementation of the AMSA 2009 Report Recommendations. 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME), 2015-04)
    The 2015 Progress Report on Implementation of the 2009 Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (AMSA) Report Recommendations (the 2015 Progress Report) is the third biennial effort by the Arctic Council’s Working Group on the ...
  • Arctic Marine Tourism Project (AMTP). Best Practice Guidelines. 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME), 2015-04)
    The Arctic Marine Tourism Project (AMTP) is the first project in a potential suite of renewed efforts by the Arctic Council’s Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Group to analyze and encourage ...
  • Arctic Council Arctic Marine Strategic Plan 2015-2025. 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME), 2015-04)
    The Arctic Council’s Arctic Marine Strategic Plan 2015- 2025 (AMSP) provides a framework to guide its actions to protect Arctic marine and coastal ecosystems and to promote sustainable development. The AMSP articulates how ...
  • Arctic Marine Strategic Plan Workshop Report 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council's Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group (PAME), 2003)
    The Workshop was held as part of the development of an Arctic Marine Strategic Plan for the Arctic Council under the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Group and the co-leadership of Iceland and ...
  • Arctic Marine Strategic Plan 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council's Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group (PAME), 2004)
    The Arctic Marine Strategic Plan (AMSP) was endorsed by Arctic Council Ministers in November 2004. The Arctic Council's vision for the Arctic marine environment is: "A healthy and productive Arctic Ocean and coasts that ...
  • Arctic Ocean Review - Communication & Outreach Plan 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council's Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group (PAME), 2009)
    The goal of this communication and outreach plan is to provide clear and thorough information about the AOR project during the development of Phase I, and encourage input and participation by members of the Arctic Council, ...
  • AOR - Arctic Ocean Review Project 2009-2013 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council's Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group (PAME), 2009)
    The Arctic Ocean Review (AOR) is a multi-phased project that will result in a review of the global and regional measures that are in place for the protection of the Arctic marine and coastal environment, and options to ...
  • AOR Phase 1 Report 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council's Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group (PAME), 2011)
    The AOR project is led by Canada, Iceland, Norway, Russia and the United States and was agreed by the Arctic Council at its 2009 Ministerial Meeting, as a follow-up to the 2004 Arctic Marine Strategic Plan which states ...
  • Arctic Ocean Review Final Report May 2013 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council's Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group (PAME), 2013)
    The AOR project is led by Canada, Iceland, Norway, Russia and the United States and was agreed by the Arctic Council at its 2009 Ministerial Meeting, as a follow-up to the 2004 Arctic Marine Strategic Plan which states ...
  • Health Safety and Environmental Management Systems 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council's Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group (PAME), 2013)
    PAME held a Health Safety and Environmental Management Systems (HSEMS) Workshop in Keflavik, Iceland 10-12 June. The agenda of the workshop was coordinated with the related EPPR Recommended Practices for Prevention oil ...
  • Guidelines for Transfer of Refined Oil and Oil Products in Arctic Waters (TROOP) 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council's Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group (PAME), 2004)
    These Guidelines are intended to be of use to the Arctic nations for offshore oil and gas activities during planning, exploration, development, production and decommissioning to help secure common policy and practices. ...
  • Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Guidelines 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council's Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group (PAME), 2009)
    These Guidelines are intended to be of use to the Arctic nations for offshore oil and gas activities during planning, exploration, development, production and decommissioning to help secure common policy and practices. ...
  • Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) of the Arctic area - Revision LME map 15th of May 2013 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council's Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group (PAME), 2013-05)
    The concept of the Ecosystem Approach to management (EA) has been around for at least 30 years and has been extensively discussed, elaborated and developed. The EA was adopted as an overarching principle and approach by ...
  • Progress Report on the Ecosystem Approach on Arctic Marine Assessment and Management 2006-2008 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council's Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group (PAME), 2008)
    This progress report is based on the work assigned to the PAME Working Group in close coordination with other Arctic Council working groups and related projects in an effort to promote the implementation and compliance ...
  • AMSA 2013 Progress Report Status on Implementation of the AMSA 2009 Report Recommendations 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council's Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group (PAME), 2013)
    The Status on Implementation of the AMSA 2009 Reports Recommendations (the 2013 Status Report) represents the second biennial effort, undertaken by the Arctic Council's Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) ...
  • AMSA 2011 Progress Report: Status on Implementation of the AMSA 2009 Report Recommendations 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council's Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group (PAME), 2011-05)
    The Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (AMSA) Report was completed and approved by Arctic Council Ministers at their meeting in Tromsø, Norway in April 2009. The AMSA Report examines Arctic shipping from historical, ...
  • AMSA 2006 Progress Report Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment - The Arctic Council's Response to Changing Marine Access 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council's Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group (PAME), 2006)
    At the fourth meeting of the Arctic Council Ministers in November 2004, the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Group was requested to conduct a comprehensive and integrated Arctic marine shipping ...

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