Generating data and knowledge

At any given time the Council’s subsidiary bodies – the Working and Expert Groups – are engaged in close to 100 projects and initiatives.

Current projects focus on preventing pollution, fostering mental health, averting oil pollution risks, manage biodiversity and marine ecosystems, and monitoring Arctic climate change – to name just a few. With this substantial body of knowledge, the Council continues to produce the most comprehensive circumpolar assessments and reports of issues and trends that impact the Arctic environment and Arctic inhabitants.

The inclusion of traditional knowledge and local knowledge is vital for exploring solutions to emerging challenges in the Arctic and to provide the best available knowledge as a basis for decision-making. The active participation of the Permanent Participants is one of the key features of the Arctic Council. Continuous efforts are made to enhance capacities within Arctic Indigenous communities, to enable them to contribute to the work of the Arctic Council.

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