Arctic Marine Strategic Plan

The Arctic Council’s Arctic Marine Strategic Plan 2015-2025 (AMSP) provides a framework to guide its actions to protect Arctic marine and coastal ecosystems and to promote sustainable development. 

AMSP front SmallThe AMSP articulates how the Arctic Council can increase its understanding of the impacts of human activities, climate change and ocean acidification. The AMSP recognizes the importance of acquiring a better understanding of Arctic change so that actions can be taken that allow Arctic inhabitants, including Arctic indigenous peoples to further adapt to the change. The strategic actions identified in the AMSP will guide the work of the Arctic Council and its subsidiary bodies in the coming decade.

The AMSP 2015-2025 was approved in April 2015 at the 9th ministerial meeting in Iqaluit, Canada.

The goals of the 2015-2025 Arctic Marine Strategic Plan are to:

  • Goal 1: Improve knowledge of the Arctic marine environment, and continue to monitor and assess current and future impacts on Arctic marine ecosystems.

  • Goal 2: Conserve and protect ecosystem function and marine biodiversity to enhance resilience and the provision of ecosystem services.

  • Goal 3: Promote safe and sustainable use of the marine environment, taking into account cumulative environmental impacts.

  • Goal 4: Enhance the economic, social and cultural well-being of Arctic inhabitants, including Arctic indigenous peoples and strengthen their capacity to adapt to changes in the Arctic marine environment.

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The aim of the Implementation Plan for the AMSP 2015-2025 forty strategic actions is to provide a structured approach that tracks follow-up activities (new and ongoing) over the next 10 years among the Arctic Council working groups with overall guidance from the SAOs.

Screen Shot 2016 09 19 at 10.40.20AMSP - Communication Plan

The 2015 Arctic Marine Strategic Plan calls for the development of a communication plan to support the understanding and involvement in the implementation of the Strategic plan. The AMSP covers all Arctic marine areas and relates to all key activities affecting Arctic marine ecosystems; including coastal zones, river basins and other areas that are connected to the marine environment.

The AMSP addresses stressors on the Arctic marine environment regardless of whether or not they originate from within or outside the region, recognizing that Arctic marine areas are connected to the rest of the world through chemical, physical, biological and human interactions. The AMSP 2015-2025 and its 40 strategic actions were approved in April 2015 at the 9th ministerial meeting in Iqaluit, Canada.

Arctic Marine Strategic Plan 2005-2015:

AMSP PDFThe Arctic Marine Strategic Plan (AMSP) was endorsed by Arctic Council Ministers in November 2004. The Arctic Council's vision for the Arctic marine environment is:

A healthy and productive Arctic Ocean and coasts that support environmental, economic and sociocultural values for current and future generations."

The goals of this Strategic Plan were as follows:

• Reduce and prevent pollution in the Arctic marine environment
• Conserve Arctic marine biodiversity and ecosystem functions
• Promote the health and prosperity of all Arctic inhabitants
• Advance sustainable Arctic marine resource use

The environmental, economic and socio-cultural changes occurring in the Arctic today are primarily driven by two key factors: climate change and increasing economic activity. The 29 strategic actions in the AMSP were selected according to its goals, principles and approaches, taking into consideration the current and emerging situation affecting the Arctic marine environment, its ecological integrity and the social, cultural, economic and physical well-being of its peoples.

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AMSP documents and reports

Background papers

The following subject areas or themes were used to assist PAME in the development of an Arctic Marine Strategic Plan for the Arctic Council.

Background Papers

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Arctic Shipping Activites into the next Decade

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Understanding Science

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Ips paper

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Oil and gas Activities in the Arctic Part 1

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Oil and gas Activities in the Arctic Part 2

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Environmental Impacts of offshore oil and gas development in the Arctic

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Ocean Governance and its implementation: Guiding Principles for the Arctic Region

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Ecosystem - Based Approaches for Conserving Artic Biodiversity

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Financial and Partnership Approaches in Addressing, Land-Based

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Environmental Emergencias and Risk Management

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Other documents

Workshop Report
In order to ensure broad-based input and facilitate the development of a strategic plan, Iceland and Canada co-hosted a workshop in Reykjavik, Iceland, October 20-22, 2003. The principle objective of this workshop was to provide a forum for exchanging information and ideas on drivers of change, trends in oceans management and possible circumpolar responses to Arctic oceans issues.

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AMSP CommunicationsPlan
AMSP Communications Plan to support understanding and involvement on the implementation of the Strategic Plan.

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