Sharing insights and supporting each other in solving common problems can catalyze healthier, self-sustained and vibrant communities in the North.

The Arctic Council and its Working Groups identify, develop and share good practices across a wide range of domains including shipping, pollution prevention, waste management, economic opportunities and environmental impact assessments. Here are some examples of past and ongoing initiatives:

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Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Arctic Mining
This report identifies key challenges and possible solutions for incorporating biodiversity considerations into mining operations in the Arctic.
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Resilience and management of Arctic wetlands
Wetlands constitute a large part of the Arctic and their role for sustainable development is critical, as they are directly related to climate change and adaptation, biodiversity, ecosystem services, ...
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International Standards for Petroleum, Offshore Oil and Maritime Industries
The purpose of this project is to describe how necessary engineering and technical standards are identified, developed, established and maintained, and to describe the work done by various internation...
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Arctic Black Carbon Case Studies Platform
Across the Arctic, countries and communities are taking action to reduce black carbon emissions. The Black carbon case studies platform highlights mitigation projects and policies relevant to the Arct...
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Circumpolar Oil Spill Response Viability Analysis (CORSVA)
The COSRVA is intended to provide more science-based decision-making in Arctic oil spill response contingency planning. An additional benefit of the study is the identification of components or method...
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Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum
The Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum facilitates an exchange of information and best practices on shipping topics like hydrography, search and rescue logistics, industry guidelines and ...
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Good Practices for impact assessments and engagement
The Good Practices for Environmental Impact Assessment and Meaningful Engagement in the Arctic (Arctic EIA) provides Arctic-specific recommendations for large-scale projects in the vulnerable and chan...
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Arctic Resilience Action Framework (ARAF)
The ARAF is a framework to advance a coordinated, regional approach to building resilience and adapting to rapid change.
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Risk Assessment methods and metadata
A common approach to marine risk assessment in the Arctic region.
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