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 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 ...
  • Ecosystem Approach to Management; Progress Report 2015-2017 - Joint Group of Experts on the Ecosystem Approach to Management 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (2017-05-11)
    PAME established in 2007 an expert group on the Ecosystem Approach to Management (EA-EG), broadened in 2011 to become PAME-led joint expert group with participation from other Arctic Council Working Groups (AMAP, CAFF, and SDWG).
  • International Science and Policy Conference: Ecosystem Approach to Management: Status of Implementation - Conference Summary: 23-25 August 2016, Fairbanks, Alaska 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (2017-05-11)
    The Ecosystem Approach to Management (EA) is a globally accepted principle. The origins of the EA concept at the international level may be traced back to at least as early as 1972 (Bianchi 2008). In the ensuing years, the ...
  • 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 ...

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