The AOR project is led by Canada, Iceland, Norway, Russia and the United States
and was agreed by the Arctic Council at its 2009 Ministerial Meeting,
as a follow-up to the 2004 Arctic Marine Strategic Plan
which states that the Council shall:
„Periodically review the status and adequacy of international/regional agreements
and standards that have application in the Arctic marine environment,
new scientific knowledge of emerging substances
of concern, and analyze the applicability of a regional seas agreement to the Arctic“.
The AOR is especially timely given the climatic, environmental
and socio-economic changes occurring in the Arctic which can
result in increased pressures on the marine and coastal environments.
This Project will not initiate a new assessment, but will be based on existing
information and draw from existing documentation.
The AOR will produce a report on the global and regional measures in place
for the conservation and sustainable use of the Arctic Ocean demonstrating
the Arctic Council’s environmental stewardship.This will require close cooperation
with other Arctic Council working groups in additionto inputs from
Arctic Council Member States,Permanent Participants, Observers and other experts.
Presentation given in Kiruna Sweden May 2013