The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme is one of six Working Groups of the Arctic Council.

AMAP is mandated:

  • To monitor and assess the status of the Arctic region with respect to pollution and climate change issues.
  • To document levels and trends, pathways and processes, and effects on ecosystems and humans, and propose actions to reduce associated threats for consideration by governments.
  • To produce sound science-based, policy-relevant assessments and public outreach products to inform policy and decision-making processes.

AMAP's work is directed by the Ministers of the Arctic Council and their Senior Arctic Officials, who have requested AMAP to also support international processes that work to reduce the global threats from contaminants and climate change. These include the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNEP's Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and Minimata Convention on mercury, and the United Nation's Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution.

Since its establishment in 1991, AMAP has produced a series of high quality reports and related communication products that detail the status of the Arctic with respect to climate and pollution issues and that include policy-relevant science-based advice to the Arctic Council and governments.

Strategy and Workplan

Strategy and Workplan

AMAP's work is conducted according to a mandate determined by the Arctic Council Ministers and Senior Arctic Officials, the AMAP Strategic Framework and the (bi-annually updated) AMAP Workplan.

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Organisational Structure

Organisational Structure

AMAP is one of six working groups that work under the direction of, and report to the Arctic Council.

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Geographical Coverage

Geographical Coverage

AMAPs geographical coverage extends from the High Arctic to the sub Arctic areas of Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark (Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden and the United States, including associated marine areas.

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The AMAP Programme

The AMAP Programme

The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) is a programme designed to deliver sound science-based information for use in policy- and decision-making. Its assessment activities are internationally coordinated, subject to rigorous peer-review and make use of the most up-to-date results from both monitoring and research.

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Data Compilation

Data Compilation

AMAP's assessments are based to a large extent on information and results from recent (published and unpublished) monitoring and research work. Consideration of quality assurance issues is an integral component of the AMAP monitoring and assessment process.

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