Circumpolar Marine Workshop

The Arctic ecosystem is shared by the Arctic countries and by the international community. It is important to engage the key players and gain their co-operation if a unified approach to conservation, protection and sustainable use of the Arctic marine environment and its resources is to be achieved. To that end, representatives of the Arctic countries and international organisations met at a Circumpolar Marine Workshop (CMW) from Nov. 28 – Dec. 2, 1999 in Montreal, Canada to begin a dialogue on their shared marine environment. The goals of the Workshop were to develop practical measures to protect the Arctic marine environment and conserve its biodiversity and to facilitate collaboration among Arctic countries, indigenous peoples and other stakeholders. The objectives were to develop common tools and mechanisms for circumpolar marine management, to discuss barriers and opportunities for marine conservation and an integrated approach to marine management, to identify gaps in the knowledge base and determine ways to address these, to integrate traditional with western scientific knowledge and to develop mechanisms to engage local and indigenous peoples in marine management.