Arctic Update Header
June 13, 2013


Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Workshops, June 10-14, 2013 (Reykjavik, Iceland). PAME hosts 3 workshops: a scoping workshop for the revision of the 2004 Arctic Marine Strategic Plan; an AMSA II(C)/AMSA II(D)-PSSA bridging workshop; and an ecosystem Approach to Management workshop.


A Top of the World Conference, June 12-13 (Barrow, Alaska). The Alaska Arctic Policy Commission will meet in Barrow. Agenda items include the Indigenous Stakeholders Forum, remarks by Sens. Begich and Murkowski and Alaska Lt. Gov. Treadwell, and an update on the National Strategy for the Arctic Region. You can view this Conference through the web-stream at or listen by phone at (855) 463-5009.

Inuit seek strong stand on development, climate change at UN meeting. "During this past week's Global Preparatory Indigenous Peoples Conference in the Arctic city of Alta, Norway...Inuit at the conference called for indigenous people to derive more benefit from resource development and the use of their traditional knowledge." Nunatsiaq Online 


Praise and criticism for fracking approval in northern Canadian region. "ConocoPhillips Canada is planning to drill this winter after its exploratory fracking project was approved Tuesday by the Sahtu Land and Water Board in Canada's Northwest Territories. The company received a land use permit and water licence which will allow the company to drill two horizontal wells." Eye on the Arctic 


Fisheries regulators take steps toward Alaska Bering Sea Canyon conservation. "Carved into the Bering Sea shelf are some of the ocean's largest underwater canyons. The bigger ones run more than a mile deep, and in spots they're dense with corals and sponges. They're also home to some commercial fisheries, and factory trawlers will often go there to catch pollock. Now, fisheries regulators have charted a path for managing this habitat, which allows for future conservation measures." Eye on the Arctic 


Arctic Council finds permanent housing in Troms