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AOOGG 2014 
The Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Guidelines (AOOGG): Systems Safety Management and Safety Culture, was organized as a project under the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Group of the Arctic Council. The project was led by the United States.

The work was reviewed and comments received at the biannual meetings of the PAME Working Group. In addition, input was received from two expert workshops in Keflavik, Iceland in June 2012, held jointly with the Recommended Practices for Prevention of Pollution (RP3) workshop by the Emergency Preparedness, Prevention and Response (EPPR) Working Group, and in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in September 2012. Written comments were also received from many individuals and organizations including a wide range of representatives from Arctic governments, non-governmental organizations, industry, indigenous people, and the scientific community.

This Guidance document has been circulated widely to Arctic States, Permanent Participants and Observers, as well as academia, non-profit environmental and industry associations, and other stakeholders and has also had the benefit of editing by a professional writer/editor.

The second SAO meeting of the Canadian Chairmanship was held in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada March 25-27.

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada Meeting begins:25 March Meeting ends: 27 March

The Executive SAO Meeting will be held during the day 25 March. The SAO/PP Plenary Meeting will then begin with a dinner on the evening of the 25 March.

More information about the meeting can be found here

Source: The Arctic Council


The Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Guidelines: Safety Management Systems and Safety Culture, was organized as a project under the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Group of the Arctic Council. A new report was released in March 2014 and is available at 

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The Indian ambassador, Mr. Ashok Das, visited the University of Akureyri the March 17th to meet institutions and specialists who are involved in Arctic related activities. Mr. Das introduced India's interests in sending scientists to Iceland to be trained in glaciology. The glaciers in India are located high up in the Himalaya and are not suitable training grounds due to difficault and dangerous environment. While glaciers in Iceland are more accessable. Mr. Das also expressed India's interest in the Arctic region and said that India can be a suitable partner in developing the region in issues related to technology and IT services.

Source: University of Akureyri