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Building a sustainable future with lessons from the past

The Sustainable Development Working Group’s “Zero Arctic” project develops concepts for carbon neutral constructions in the Arctic. By drawing on both expertise from scie...
07 Sep 2020

As millions of acres burn in the Arctic, creating a common language around wildfire management is key

Record-setting wildfire seasons are becoming a new normal in the Arctic. While uncontrolled wildfires are devastating, could fire also be a tool for biodiversity and miti...
07 Sep 2020

Interview with Norway’s new Senior Arctic Official, Hilde Svartdal Lunde

Hilde Svartdal Lunde is Norway’s new Senior Arctic Official and a seasoned Arctic expert. While she was still in her diplomatic training, she visited the Arctic for the f...
25 Aug 2020

Using data to improve oil spill response in the Arctic

The Arctic is undergoing rapid environmental and social changes. As human activity increases in the region, so does the risk of oil spills.
25 Aug 2020
A glimpse of how the the Snowflake International Arctic Station will look like upon completion (Image: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology)

The Snowflake International Arctic Station – A hub for energy innovation and cultural exchange

The Snowflake International Arctic Station provides a stepping-stone towards advancing carbon-free technologies in the Arctic. The new Russian year-round research station...
21 Aug 2020

Interview with Arctic Council Observer: The Netherlands

The Netherlands have had Observer status in the Arctic Council since 1998. As an Observer, the Netherlands can contribute to the Arctic Council through meeting attendance...
10 Aug 2020
windmills in the Arctic

Round two of the Arctic Remote Energy Networks Academy kicks off

The Arctic Remote Energy Networks Academy (ARENA) is a unique knowledge sharing program about isolated power systems integration held in partnership with Canada, Gwich’in...
21 Jul 2020

Interview with Arctic Council Observer: World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) became an Observer to the Arctic Council in 2017. It has ever since been involved in the Council’s high-level meetings and nom...
21 Jul 2020

Take a journey across the Arctic

Around the circumpolar North, Arctic Council projects are monitoring and assessing the human, natural and physical aspects of Arctic change.
21 Jul 2020

Covid-19 in the Arctic: A briefing document for Senior Arctic Officials

An insight to the direct and indirect impacts of the pandemic on Arctic communities.
16 Jul 2020
Cottongrass

The impact of Covid-19 on Indigenous peoples in the Arctic

Permanent Participants on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on their communities
16 Jul 2020
Abandoned cemetery in Qoornoq, Greenland - former fishermen village in the Nuuk fjord

Historical Context: Influenza and other epidemic infectious diseases in the Arctic

Pandemics have repeatedly struck the Arctic dating back to medieval times when the Plague reached the northern hemisphere. Smallpox was a great killer, cholera was introd...
16 Jul 2020

Interview with Arctic Council Observer: Switzerland

Switzerland has had Observer status in the Arctic Council since 2017. As an Observer, Switzerland can contribute to the Arctic Council through meeting attendance, providi...
06 Jul 2020

Interview with Arctic Council Observer: Japan

Japan has had Observer status in the Arctic Council since 2013. As an Observer, Japan can contribute to the Arctic Council through meeting attendance, providing scientifi...
03 Jul 2020
Flag for the Arctic Council, the eight Arctic States and six Permanent Participants

Circumpolar collaboration amidst coronavirus pandemic

Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials met virtually and i.a. discussed how the Arctic Council could contribute circumpolar responses to the long-term effects of the coro...
26 Jun 2020

Significant economic and environmental gains can be achieved by applying Best Available Technology in the oil sector in the Arctic

The Arctic Council’s Arctic Contaminant Action Program (ACAP) has completed a study on flaring of associated petroleum gas in the Russian Arctic. The report shows that si...
25 Jun 2020
Historic construction for coal transport, Longyearbyen, Svalbard

“The global demand is a very strong driver affecting the Arctic economy”

An interview with co-editor Iulie Aslaksen about the upcoming “Economy of the North 2020” report (ECONOR IV report)
16 Jun 2020

One Arctic, One Health

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, communities and leaders around the world and across the Arctic are increasing attention to health issues and challenges. Rapid socia...
12 Jun 2020

Together towards a sustainable Arctic: One year into the 2019-2021 Icelandic Chairmanship

Editorial by Einar Gunnarsson, Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials
09 Jun 2020
Carey Islands (Photo: Nicholas Per Huffeldt)

“I think it is important for research to have meaningful impact “

Interview with Dr Nicholas Huffeldt, 2020-2021 CAFF-IASC Fellow with the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme
05 Jun 2020
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January
19 Jan-21 Jan 2021
EGBCM working meeting Online
February
01 Feb-04 Feb 2021
CAFF Biennial - Plenary Online
03 Feb-04 Feb 2021
SDWG meeting Reykjanesbær, Iceland
March
09 Mar 2021
SAO Executive Meeting Akureyri, Iceland
10 Mar-11 Mar 2021
SAO Plenary Meeting Akureyri, Iceland
April
14 Apr-15 Apr 2021
SAO Executive Meeting Reykjanesbær, Iceland
May
19 May-20 May 2021
Ministerial Meeting Iceland
September
27 Sep-01 Oct 2021
Cryosphere, Climate and Water in a Warming World Reykjavík, Iceland
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