Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment 2009 Report
|The Arctic is undergoing extraordinary transformations early in the 21st century. Natural resource development, governance challenges, climate change and marine infrastructure issues are influencing current and future marine uses of the Arctic. Increased economic activity together with the current retreat of Arctic sea ice presents several plausible futures for the Arctic's regional seas, the Northern Sea Route, the Northwest Passage, and the central Arctic Ocean. Continued sea ice reductions will likely lengthen the navigation season in all regions and increase marine access to the Arctic's natural resources.' These changes represent both a challenge and an opportunity for governments and local Arctic communities. Of key significance are the effects of expanded marine activities on the cultures and well-being of Arctic populations, especially indigenous residents whose traditional way of life has been partially protected in the past by the very nature of the remote and extreme Arctic environment in which they live. Click image to download The Arctic Council, recognizing these critical changes and issues, at the November 2004 Ministerial meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland, called for the Council's Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) working group to "conduct a comprehensive Arctic marine shipping assessment as outlined under the Arctic Marine Strategic Plan (AMSP) under the guidance of Canada, Finland and the United States as lead countries and in collaboration with the Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) working group and the Permanent Participants as relevant." The Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment, or The AMSA 2009 Report, was approved at the 2009 Ministerial meeting in Tromsø.
|AMSA Financial Contributors: Government of Canada (Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Transport Canada) Government of Finland (Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Ministry of the Environment) Government of Norway (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) Government of the United States (U.S. Arctic Research Commission, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of the Interior/Minerals Management Service, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) BP Shipping Institute of the North (United States)
|Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment 2009 Report. Arctic Council, April 2009, second printing.
|Arctic Council's Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME)
|Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment 2009 Report