Arctic Contaminants Action Program

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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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Four Expert Groups are active and working to develop practical actions to reduce the pollution of the Arctic environment:

ACAP News

Introducing the new ACAP Chair: “The Arctic becomes a part of you”

Patrick Huber is a specialist in some of the planet’s most pressing challenges: environmental and energy issues. As the new Chair of the Arctic Contaminants Action Progra...
18 Aug 2021

Mercury from outside the Arctic is polluting the region

AMAP Working Group lays a scientific foundation while ACAP WG implements projects to stimulate actions to reduce emissions. This is how they work together to inspire chan...
10 May 2021

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

30 Nov-02 Dec 2021
SAO Executive and Plenary 2021 Salekhard, Russian Federation
22 Mar-24 Mar 2022
SAO Executive and Plenary I 2022 Arkhangelsk, Russian Federation
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  • Between 2004-2012, ACAP's projects have removed obsolete pesticides from old & unsafe storage facilities in the Russian #Arctic. Our Rapid Environmental Assessment (REA) project uses the REA method to examine contamination sites in #Russia. Learn more: arctic-council.org/about/working-… https://t.co/uPLGzqfJLs September 23 1:25 pm