IMG 0843Arctic Council - PAME, CAFF, AMAP, SDWG – Ecosystem Approach Expert Group Fifth Ecosystem Approach Workshop
 - Methodology and status of development of ecological (quality) objectives for Arctic Large Marine Ecosystems
Institute of Marine Research, Nordnesgaten 50, Bergen, Norway 26-27 May 2015

List of participants - Final verison
Background document
Traditions of Respect (background document from Carolina Behe)

Tuesday 26 May
Welcome and introduction

Coffee break

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Session 1 – Review of existing ecological objectives in national legislation and management systems


Session 2 – Review of new developments of comprehensive sets of ecological objectives

14.15-15.15 Sessions 1 and 2
Summary discussion of the current situation and developments

Coffee break

IMG 3739Session 3 – Perspectives from Indigenous Peoples: values and objectives for use and management of living resources and nature

Session 3 Cont’d
Discussion and conclusions

Coffee break

IMG 373611.00-12.15
Session 4 – General discussion on next steps and conclusions and recommendations from the workshop


Conclusions and recommendations

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Akureyri, Iceland - February 3-5, 2015 - MEETING DOCUMENTS:

Agenda Item 2: Introduction and Adoption of the Agenda
Draft meeting Agenda with timeline (version 15. December)
 MG 4348The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), and related amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) to make it mandatory, marking an historic milestone in the Organization’s work to protect ships and people aboard them, both seafarers and passengers, in the harsh environment of the waters surrounding the two poles.

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The Polar Code and SOLAS amendments were adopted during the 94th session of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), which was meeting at the Organization's London headquarters for its 94th session, from 17 to 21 November 2014.

The Polar Code covers the full range of design, construction, equipment, operational, training, search and rescue and environmental protection matters relevant to ships operating in waters surrounding the two poles.

Ships trading in the polar regions already have to comply with all relevant international standards adopted by IMO, but the newly adopted SOLAS chapter XIV “Safety measures for ships operating in polar waters”, adds additional requirements, by making mandatory the Polar Code (Preamble, Introduction and Part I-A (Safety measures)).

The Polar Code highlights the potential hazards of operating in polar regions, including ice, remoteness and rapidly changing and severe weather conditions, and provides goals and functional requirements in relation to ship design, construction, equipment, operations, training, and search and rescue, relevant to ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters.

As well as mandatory provisions, recommendations are also include in a Part 1-B.

The expected date of entry into force of the SOLAS amendments is 1 January 2017, under the tacit acceptance procedure. It will apply to new ships constructed after that date. Ships constructed before 1 January 2017 will be required to meet the relevant requirements of the Polar Code by the first intermediate or renewal survey, whichever occurs first, after 1 January 2018.

Because it contains both safety and environment related provisions, the Polar Code will be mandatory under both SOLAS and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). Last month (October 2014), IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) approved the necessary draft amendments to make the environmental provisions in the the Polar Code mandatory under MARPOL. The MEPC is expected to adopt the Code and associated MARPOL amendments at its next session in May 2015, with an entry-into-force date to be aligned with the SOLAS amendments.