AMSP Documents

AMSP front SmallSince the AMSP was adopted in 2004, the Arctic marine environment has been subject to increasing pressures from climate change, economic activities and pollution. The Arctic Council is at the forefront of responses to these emerging issues through the development of in-depth reports and assessments, such as the State of the Arctic Environment Report, the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA), the Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (AMSA), the Arctic Oil and Gas Assessment (AOGA), and ongoing work such as the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA), Arctic Ocean Review (AOR) and the Recommended Practices for Arctic Oil Spill Prevention (RP3).

The working groups of the Arctic Council, AMAP, PAME, CAFF, EPPR and SDWG have indicated that most strategic actions of the AMSP have been completed or are progressing according to plan, to be concluded within this or the next work plan period.

The Implementation section in the AMSP states that "PAME, in collaboration with all Arctic Council subsidiary bodies, will lead a review of the Strategic Plan by 2010, or another date specified by the Council, to determine its adequacy in light of the results of ongoing assessments and national and regional reporting.” 

Therefore, it was deemed timely to update and revise, as relevant, the AMSP (2004) to secure a healthy, productive, and resilient Arctic Ocean and coasts; and to ensure that the future strategic approach to management of the Arctic marine environment is coordinated between the working groups, is based on ecosystem - based approach, and that results are effectively implemented.

Revisions to the AMSP will provide the building blocks towards more coordinated and integrated approaches and supports policy decisions at the local, national, regional and international levels. It also responds to commitments by the global community to sustainable development and protection of marine biodiversity and the marine environment through the application of the ecosystem approach and integrated coastal and ocean management. 

The overall goals of AMSP:

- That the Arctic marine environment to be managed using an integrated, ecosystem approach to management.
- That the cumulative environmental effects do not exceed a level at which structure, functioning and productivity of ecosystems and biodiversity are maintained. 
 - An Arctic Council product and a platform for common efforts in the years to come - Coordination and engagement from working groups essential to create our strategic actions for the next decade.


pdf Arctic Marine Strategic Plan 2015-2025

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Arctic Marine Strategic Plan 2015-2025
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. 

The 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.

pdf AMSP 2015 2025: Status on Implementation (2017 2019)

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AMSP 2015-2025_Status on Implementation (2017-2019).pdf

AMSP 2015 2025: Status on Implementation (2017 2019)
This represents the 1st status reporting of the AMSP strategic actions and is organized in accordance with the AMSP Implementation Plan in two-year implementation periods, corresponding to the rotation of the chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

The aim of the status reporting is to provide a structured approach that tracks progress on developments as it related to the AMSPs forty strategic actions over the next 10 years among the Arctic Council working groups with overall guidance from the SAOs.

It is anticipated that future status reports will provide more detail and include an “external bodies” column that will refer to additional relevant work being carried out by individual states, Permanent Participants, Observers and organizations that are external to the Arctic Council.

pdf AMSP 2015-2025: Implementation Plan

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AMSP 2015-2025: Implementation Plan
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.

pdf AMSP 2005-2015

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AMSP 2005-2015

The 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:

 - 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.

pdf AMSP 2005-2015: Communication Plan

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AMSP 2005-2015: 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.

pdf AMSP Workshop report (2013)

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pdf Background document - Environmental emergencies and risk management

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