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

Spotlight on safe and environmentally sound Arctic shipping with record attendance at the 5th annual meeting of the Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum

Today, the Arctic Council’s Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum concluded its fifth annual meeting. Over 180 registrants representing nearly 90 different enti...
19 Nov 2021

Quiz: Which 2021 Arctic Council report should you read based on your interests?

In 2021, the Arctic Council's Working and Expert Groups released over 50 new reports on topics including climate change, emergency response, biodiversity, Arctic shipping...
25 Oct 2021

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
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Calendar

14 Feb-18 Feb 2022
PAME-I 2022 Stockholm, Sweden
24 May-26 May 2022
SAO Executive and Plenary I 2022 Arkhangelsk, Russian Federation
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  • At the 1st Senior Arctic Officials' meeting under 🇷🇺 Chairmanship of the @ArcticCouncil, PAME Chair reported on the update and implementation of the Arctic Marine Strategic Plan, collaborations, meaningful engagement with indigenous peoples, communication efforts and more. 🙏❄️🌊 https://t.co/PC1mITNox5 December 2 12:47 pm