Response and Restoration in The Arctic

mini-Canon - July 2, 2008 184The US’s National Ocean Service’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) provides scientific solutions for marine pollution. As part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), OR&R is a center of expertise in preparing for, evaluating, and responding to threats to coastal environments. These threats could be oil and chemical spills, releases from hazardous waste sites, or marine debris.

Other U.S. Links:

Arctic-bound: Testing Oil Spill Response Technologies Aboard an Icebreaker

Breaking Ice: A Personal Journey amid Preparations for Arctic Oil Spills

Canadian Links:

ArcticNet brings together scientists and managers in the natural, human health and social sciences with their partners from Inuit organizations, northern communities, federal and provincial agencies and the private sector. The objective of ArcticNet is to study the impacts of climate change and modernization in the coastal Canadian Arctic. Over 145 ArcticNet researchers from 30 Canadian Universities, 8 federal and 11 provincial agencies and departments collaborate with research teams in Denmark, Finland, France, Greenland, Japan, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the USA.

Canadian Artcic Resources Committee; a citizens’ organization dedicated to the long-term environmental and social well being of northern Canada and its peoples.

Oceans North Canada (Part of an Oceans North Campaign led by The Pew Charitable Trust) which, in in partnership with Ducks Unlimited Canada and Oceans North Canada includes Canadian and U.S. staff that work closely with their colleagues and marine science experts at The Pew Charitable Trusts to promote northern solutions in the North American Arctic from Davis Strait to Bering Strait: promotes science- and community-based conservation of Canada’s Arctic Ocean and the resulting well-being of indigenous Arctic residents who rely upon its natural wealth. Working with Arctic residents in Canada, we support science-based policies consistent with indigenous land claims and traditional practices for sustainable commercial fishing, environmentally responsible offshore hydrocarbon development and oil spill standards, and appropriate Arctic shipping safety rules.

International Links:

English: Arctic Council members map

English: Arctic Council members map (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Arctic CouncilThe Ottawa Declaration of 1996 formally established the Arctic Council as a high level intergovernmental forum to provide a means for promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, with the involvement of the Arctic Indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues, in particular issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic. Arctic Council Member States are Canada, Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russian Federation, Sweden, and the United States of America. In addition to the Member States, the Arctic Council has the category of Permanent Participants.

The Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat (IPS) is a support Secretariat for the International Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations that have Permanent Participant status in the Arctic Council.

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