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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  • Alternative fuels in the Arctic 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019)
    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 ...
  • Underwater Noise in the Arctic - A State of Knowledge Report 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-05)
    The Arctic region is a unique environment when it comes to underwater noise and the potential impacts that increasing noise levels could have on animals in the Arctic. There are a number of factors which contribute to its ...
  • PAME Main Achievements Summary Report 2017-2019 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-05)
    PAME focuses on the marine agenda of the Arctic Council and provides a unique forum for collaboration on a wide range of activities directed towards the protection and sustainable use of the Arctic marine environment.
  • PAME Work Plan 2019-2021 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-05)
    PAME focuses on the marine agenda of the Arctic Council and provides a unique forum for collaboration on a wide range of activities directed towards the protection and sustainable use of the Arctic marine environment. ...
  • Guidelines for Implementing an Ecosystem Approach to Management of Arctic Marine Ecosystems 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-05)
    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 within national and international fora. The Convention on Biological ...
  • Desktop Study on Marine Litter including Microplastics in the Arctic 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-05)
    The Arctic Council’s working group Protection of Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) conducted the “Desktop Study on Marine Litter, including Microplastics in the Arctic” as part of the first phase of a Marine Litter Project ...
  • Arctic Council Arctic Marine Strategic Plan 2015-2025 – Status of Implementation 2017-2019 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-05)
    The Arctic Council’s Arctic Marine Strategic Plan 2015-2025 (AMSP) was approved in April 2015 at the 9th ministerial meeting in Iqaluit, Canada. It provides a framework to guide its actions to protect Arctic marine and ...
  • Meaningful Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Marine Activities Part II Report 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-03)
    The Meaningful Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Marine Activities (MEMA) Part II project sets out to take stock of existing practices for engagement of Indigenous peoples and local communities in ...
  • Guidelines for Implementing an Ecosystem Approach to Management of Arctic Marine Ecosystems 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-03)
    The Iqaluit declaration (2015) encouraged progress toward implementation of the ecosystem- based management recommendations approved by Ministers in Kiruna, and requested development of practical guidelines for an ...
  • Arctic Council Status on Implementation of the AMSA 2009 Report Recommendations 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment, 2017-05-11)
    The 2017 Progress Report on Implementation of the 2009 Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (AMSA) Recommendations is the fourth effort by the Arctic Council's Working Group on the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment ...
  • Arctic Protected Areas; Indicator Report, 2017 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME); Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna and Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment, 2017-05-11)
    CAFF and PAME Working Groups of the Arctic Council developed this indicator report. It provides an overview of the status and trends of protected areas in the Arctic.
  • PAME Main Achievements; Summary Report 2015-2017 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment, 2017-05-11)
    The programme for the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) was established by the Arctic Council Ministers in Nuuk, Greenland, September 1993.
  • Arctic Council Arctic Marine Strategic Plan 2015-2025; Status of Implementation 2015-2017 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment, 2017-05-11)
    The Arctic Council's Arctic Marine Strategic Plan 2015-2025 (AMSP) was approved in April 2015 at the 9th Ministerial meeting in Iqaluit, Canada. It provides a framework to guide its actions to protect Arctic marine and ...
  • PAME Work Plan 2017-2019 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment, 2017-05-11)
    PAME focuses on the marine agenda of the Arctic Council and provides a unique forum for collaboration on a wide range of activities directed towards the protection and sustainable use of the Arctic marine environment.
  • PAME MPA-network toolbox (2015-2017); Area-based conservation measures and ecological connectivitiy 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment, 2017-05-11)
    PAME's Framework for a Pan-Arctic Network of Marine protected Areas (Arctic Council 2015) offers a foundation of goals and objectives on which this toolbox builds.
  • Regional Waste Management Strategies for Arctic Shipping; Regional Reception Facilities Plan (RRFP) 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment, 2017-05-11)
    This paper summarizes the work of PAME's Regional Reception Facilities Experts Group (RRF-EG), on the development of the concept of regional arrangements for MARPOL reception facilities (RRF) to address challenges for ...
  • Meaningful Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Communities in Marine Activities (MEMA); Part I Report 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment, 2017-05-11)
    A significant amount of work has been done in the MEMA project. A database has been compiled with hundreds of documents and individual recommendations, declarations, and requirements relating to engagement of Indigenous ...
  • Arctic Invasive Alien Species: Strategy and Action Plan 2017 

    Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF); Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna and Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment, 2017-05-11)
    Globally, invasive alien species are among the most significant drivers of biodiversity loss (McNeely et al. 2001, Bellard et al. 2016) and, in some ecosystems, they are clearly the primary contributors to species endangerment ...
  • Status of Implementation of the Ecosystem Approach to Management in the Arctic 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment, 2017-05-11)
    The Ecosystem Approach to Management (EA) is known by several names, and has both a 'horizontal' dimension with integration across sectors of human activities (e.g. shipping, fisheries, oil and gas, etc.), and a 'vertical' ...
  • Meaningful Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Communities in Marine Activities (MEMA); Workshop Report 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment, 2016-09)
    On September 17, 2016, the Arctic Council's Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Group held a workshop on issues surrounding meaningful engagement with Indigenous peoples in the Arctic. The workshop ...

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