Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment

Quick Facts

Primary Focus
The protection and sustainable use of the Arctic marine environment

Establishment
1991

Chairmanship 2021-2023
Sweden

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PAME addresses marine policy measures in response to environmental change from both land and sea-based activities. PAME develops and coordinates strategic plans, programs, assessments and guidelines, complementing existing legal arrangements aimed at protection of the Arctic marine environment.

PAME’s projects largely operate within the following themes:

  • Arctic Shipping
  • Marine Protected Areas
  • Resource Exploration and Development
  • Ecosystem Approach to Management
  • Arctic Marine Pollution

PAME’s Chairmanship rotates between Arctic Council Member States. Arctic States and Permanent Participants participate in the work, and Observers are invited to participate at PAME meetings.

Jessica Nilsson
PAME Chair

Elizabeth McLanahan

Vice-Chair
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Office of International Affairs
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Soffia Gudmundsdottir

Executive Secretary
PAME Secretariat
Email
+354 461 1355
+354 863 8576

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PAME news

Introducing the new PAME Chair: “I want people to feel included”

Dr. Jessica Nilsson is the new Chair of the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group (PAME) and she assumes her role with a strong vision: to foster coll...
08 Jul 2021

“Plastic in a Bottle” afloat again

In September 2019, the Arctic Council’s Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Group launched its first “Plastic in a Bottle”, a capsule equipped with...
23 Jun 2021

Navigating the future of Arctic shipping

What an increase in Arctic shipping means for the region
10 May 2021
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Calendar

October
07 Oct-08 Oct 2021
PAME Plenary Online
November
16 Nov-18 Nov 2021
Arctic Shipping Best Practices Forum Online
23 Nov-25 Nov 2021
SAO Plenary Salekhard, Russian Federation
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  • Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources, greeted the Akureyri-branches of the Ministry this morning here in Akureyri, Iceland. Nice cup of coffee, and the first gathering of around 40 people for some time in the building! https://t.co/qr34fJLUoA June 21 9:41 am