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Quick Facts

Primary Focus
Reduction of Arctic pollution and environmental risks

Establishment
2006

Chairmanship 2021-2023
United States

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About ACAP

The Arctic Contaminants Action Program (ACAP) works to prevent and reduce pollution and environmental risks in the Arctic. ACAP carries out demonstration projects to raise awareness and show possibilities to cut pollution in the Arctic and clean up. ACAP encourages nations to strengthen policies and take actions to reduce pollutants and mitigate associated environmental, human health and socio-economic risks.

ACAP, in cooperation with national authorities, carries out its work through pilot projects, considering the challenges and risks of Arctic Indigenous populations. Pilot projects contribute to the reductions of:

  • Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) such as the industrial compound PCB, and mercury
  • Waste management on shore to prevent marine litter, plastics and microplastics, as well as hazardous substances, including obsolete pesticides, solvents and pharmaceuticals, and chemicals of emerging concern such as perfluorinated components
  • Short-lived climate pollutants (SLPs) such as black carbon, methane and hydrofluorocarbons currently covered in international conventions

The Arctic Council’s Projects Support Instrument (PSI) fund approves ACAP projects. The PSI finances activities aimed at preventing and mitigating pollution in the Arctic region and is primarily intended for project preparation activities such as project identification and concept development, pre-feasibility studies, environmental impact assessments, business and financing plans and more.

ACAP is led by a Chairmanship that rotates between Arctic Council States every two years. Arctic States and Permanent Participants participate in the work, and Observers are invited to participate at ACAP meetings.

Patrick Huber
ACAP Chair

Kseniia Iartceva

Executive Secretary
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Featured ACAP projects

Mitigation of black carbon and methane emissions from APG flaring in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation

Showing that significant economic and environmental gains can be achieved if Best Available Technology (BAT) and Best Environmental Practices (BEP) are applied.

The Tundra Project

Testing alternative clean and reliable energy solutions in a remote Sami community

Circumpolar Local Environmental Observer Network (CLEO)

Our world is changing rapidly, and local observers can detect subtle changes in weather, landscapes and seascapes, and in plant and animal communities.
Soot on ice. Photo:iStock

Arctic Black Carbon Case Studies Platform

Showing how existing technologies successfully, sustainably, and affordably reduce black carbon emissions.

Solid Waste Management in Small Arctic Communities

Providing in-person and online resources to address the unique needs of Arctic communities, from planning to implementation of solid waste management practices.
Garbage incinerator in Greenland. Photo: iStock / olli0815

Community-based black carbon and public health assessment

Assessing and mitigating the risks of black carbon to public health.

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  • By scaling up the use of Best Available Technologies (#BAT) in #petroleumfields, #Arctic states have a clear opportunity to achieve environmental, human health and economic benefits. Read more in #ACAP's report funded by #PSI (Project Support Iinstrument): oaarchive.arctic-council.org/handle/11374/2… https://t.co/WlWf0PrE37 June 8 5:52 pm

ACAP News

Tackling waste pollution in the Arctic with community empowerment

How the Saami Council engaged with communities to remove waste and reclaim land
10 May 2021
Geothermal Power Station, Iceland Credit: iStock / DieterMeyrl

Green energy shift in the Arctic

Act short-term, gain long-term
10 May 2021
Credit: Nina Ågren

The workhorses behind the success

The work of the Arctic Council is so intricately linked to its six Working Groups that it would be impossible to write about the Council’s accomplishments without referri...
10 May 2021
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Events

июня
29 июн-30 июн 2021
SAO Executive Online / Moscow
ноября
23 ноя-25 ноя 2021
SAO Plenary Salekhard, Russian Federation
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