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The Arctic Council’s Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment

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Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (AMSA) is a follow-on effort to the Council's Arctic Climate Impact Assessment and Arctic Marine Strategic Plan, both released in November 2004. The AMSA 2009 Report, a policy document that has been negotiated by the eight Arctic States, focuses on Arctic marine safety and marine environmental protection which fit the overall Arctic Council mandates of environmental protection and sustainable development. The Council's expert working group, Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME), was tasked with conducting this assessment with Canada, Finland, and the United States as lead countries. The primary AMSA research areas were: Arctic marine geography; Arctic marine transport history; governance of Arctic shipping; the human dimension and indigenous marine use; development of scenarios or plausible future for Arctic marine navigation; conduct of data survey of vessels operating in the Arctic during 2004; an environmental impacts review; and a key review of Arctic marine infrastructure.

Keywords: Arctic marine geography; Arctic marine navigation; Arctic marine safety; Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (AMSA); Arctic Marine Strategic Plan; Arctic marine transport history; eight Arctic States



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