The report can be seen here.
Information items from the meeting:
- PAME and CAFF have established a Joint ARIAS (Arctic Invasive Alien Species Strategy and Action Plan) Implementation Coordinating Group (ICG). First meeting in January 2019, looking at potential future projects.
- PAME is currently updating its recommendations from the 2009 Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (AMSA) Report, the Arctic Ocean Review Final Report (AOR 2013) and the Arctic Marine Strategic Plan (AMSP), in consultation with all other Arctic Council working groups and task forces, as relevant.
- PAME is preparing the third meeting of the Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum. It will further strengthen the work of the Forum, and its web-portal (www.arcticshippingforum.is).
- PAME has approved to develop a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Arctic Regional Hydrographic Commission (ARHC), subject to concurrence by the SAOs. Correspondence to start 2019 with ARHC!
- The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) gave a presentation at PAME II-2018, and based on this PAME invited the WMO to submit to PAME I-2019 a paper on the Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS) scheme, focusing on the number of ships operating in Arctic waters that participate in the scheme and the value of information they collect to enhancing maritime safety.
- PAME continues to work towards a harmonised implementation of the Polar Code. PAME will compile a list, summarising how each Arctic and Observer State understands and applies in practice the IMO’s Polar Code; encouraged them to continue to work towards a harmonized and effective implementation of the Polar Code.
- PAME aims to convene a joint submissions by all eight Arctic Council member states on the Regional Reception Facilities Plan (RRFP) – Outline and Planning Guide for the Arctic, to IMO’s MEPC 74 meeting in 2019.
- The ASTD project is progressing well, its database will be launched in January 2019. Much-waited by PAME’s members.
- PAME is planning to convene a workshop in 2018 to more systematically engage Observers in PAME’s shipping related work. See the Arctic Council Observers here.
- Part II of the MEMA project will see a report released in May 2019. It’s one of PAME’s highlight in work with indigenous people.
- The MEMA database has been launched. It has over 750 documents which was the basis for the MEMA reports. Access the database here: www.memadatabase.is
- PAME welcomed the Draft Guidelines for Implementing an Ecosystem Approach to Management of Arctic Marine Ecosystem. Based on a recognized need from Arctic Council ministers, the Guidelines will Assist scientists, policy-makers, managers and communities in EA Implementation.
- PAME is planning a 2nd International EA Conference to be held in Bergen, Norway, in late spring/early summer 2019 has been drafted with a focus on the issue of scale integration in EA implementation.
- A regional action plan on marine litter is a potential project for the Icelandic Chairmanship in the Arctic Council within PAME. The desktop study on marine litter, including microplastics, will be a PAME deliverable in May 2019.
- PAME works towards strengthening the coordination and collaboration with other working groups by inviting them to nominate experts in PAME’s expert groups working on activities of mutual relevance.
The next PAME meeting will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, in February 2019.