Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP)

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1991-06 Rovaniemi Finland


Established Jun 1991, Rovaniemi (Finland), at 1st Arctic Ministerial Conference, to implement parts of the U-XF2604 - Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy (AEPS), adopted by governments of the eight circumpolar nations (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russian Federation, Sweden and USA). AEPS and its programme groups, including AMAP, were incorporated, 1997, within the responsibility of the D-XD5969 - Arctic Council. May take up some of the activities of the former U-XK1998 - Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA).


Examine issues relating to anthropogenic pollution of the Arctic environment and its ecosystems; report on the state of the Arctic environment; identify possible causes for changing conditions; detect emerging problems and recommend actions to reduce risks to Arctic ecosystems. Priority contaminants: persistent organic polluants, heavy metals, radionuclides and acidifying substances. Other issues of concern include: acidification, oil, climate change, increased UV radiation, combined effects of polluants, biological effects on flora, fauna and humans.


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Established through Ministerial requests, the work of AMAP is directed by AMAP Working Group (AMAP WG), comprising representatives from the 8 member countries, 6 indigenous peoples' organizations (permanent participants), observers from 24 international organizations and 5 observing countries. Permanent Secretariat located in Oslo (Norway).


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GOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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