About PAME

The Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group (PAME)

PAME Diagram 2017PAME is one of six Arctic Council working groups. PAME was first established under the 1991 Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy and was continued by the 1996 Ottawa Charter that established the Arctic Council.

PAME is the focal point of the Arctic Council’s activities related to the protection and sustainable use of the Arctic marine environment and provides a unique forum for collaboration on a wide range of activities in this regard.

PAME's mandate: "To address marine policy measures and other measures related to the conservation and sustainable use of the Arctic marine and coastal environment in response to environmental change and from both land and sea-based activities, including non-emergency pollution prevention control measures such as coordinated strategic plans as well as developing programs, assessments and guidelines, all of which aim to complement or supplement efforts and existing arrangements for the for the protection and sustainable development of the Arctic marine environment."

PAME operates largely within these themes:
  • Arctic Shipping
  • Marine Protected Areas
  • Resource Exploration and Development
  • Ecosystem Approach to Management
  • Arctic Marine Strategic Plan 2015-20255
PAME carries out activities as set out in bi-annual work plans approved by the Arctic Council on the recommendation of the Senior Arctic Officials. These activities led by PAME include circumpolar and regional action programmes and guidelines complementing existing legal arrangements aimed at protection of the Arctic marine environment from both land and sea-based activities. PAME works in close collaboration with the other five Arctic Council Working Groups.

The PAME Working Group consists of National Representatives responsible for its work in their respective countries. Permanent Participants, representing Arctic indigenous groups, also participate in PAME, as well as representatives of several observer countries and interested organisations. PAME provides a unique forum for collaboration on wide range of Arctic marine environmental issues.

The PAME WG generally meets twice a year to assess progress of work, discuss program priorities and develop its biennial work plans. The PAME WG is headed by a chair and vice-chair, which rotate among the Arctic countries and is supported by an International Secretariat, based in Akureyri, Iceland. PAME reports to the Senior Arctic Officials, and through them, to the Ministers of the Arctic Council that meets every two years.

PAME's Chair:
Prof. Paula Kankaanpää
Director of the Marine Research Centre
Finnish Environment Institute, SYKE
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PAME Vice-Chair
Elizabeth McLanahan
Office of International Affairs
For the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
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PAME Secretariat Staff

Executive Secretary
Soffia Gudmundsdottir
Mobile: + 354 863 8576
Email: pame(at)pame.is

Executive Assistant
Olga Pálsdóttir
Tel: +354 462 3350
Mobile: + 354 861 6636
Email: olga(at)pame.is

Project Manager
Hjalti Þór Hreinsson
Tel: +354 462 3357
Email: hjalti(at)pame.is

PAME Meetings

 Time  Location
 Nov 1999   Akureyri, Iceland
 Jun 2000  Copenhagen, Denmark
 Jan 2001  Washington D.C., USA
 Oct 2001  Moscow, Russia
 Apr 2002  Reykjavik, Iceland
 Feb 2003  Stockholm, Sweden
 Feb 2004  Helsinki, Finland
 May 2004  Reykjavik, Iceland
 Feb 2005  Copenhagen, Denmark
 Sep 2005  Alborg, Denmark
 Mar 2006  Oslo, Norway
 Aug 2006  Murmansk, Russia
 Mar 2007  Copenhagen, Denmark
 Sep 2007  Reykjavik, Iceland
 Jun 2008  St John‘s, Canada
 Oct 2008  Helsinki, Finland
 Oct 2009  Oslo, Norway
 Mar 2010  Copenhagen, Denmark
 Sep 2010  Washington D.C., USA
 Feb 2011  Oslo, Norway
 Sep 2011  Reykjavik, Iceland
 Mar 2012  Stockholm, Sweden
 Sep 2012  Halifax, Canada
 Feb 2013  Rovaniemi, Finland
 Sep 2013  Rostov-on-Don, Russia
 Feb 2014  Alaska, USA
 Sep 2014  Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
 Feb 2015  Akureyri, Iceland
 Sep 2015  Tromsö, Norway
 Feb 2016  Stockholm, Sweden
 Sep 2016  Portland, Maine, USA
 Jan 2017  Copenhagen, Denmark
 Sep 2017  Helsinki, Finland
 Feb 2018   Quebec City, Canada
 Oct 2018  Vladivostok, Russia
 Feb 2019  Malmö, Sweden
 Sept 2019   Reykjavík, Iceland
Feb 2020 Oslo, Norway