Slides from WG chair preparatory meeting, 1 October 2020

Slides from WG member Kick Off meeting, 22 October 2020

Background documents

Below is a list of literature which can support working group discussions and will be referenced to or aligned with during the formulation of the Action Plan. The list is not exhaustive and is anticipated to grow throughout the Arctic process.

Draft Arctic Ocean Decade Action Plan, October 2020

IOC Unesco (2020) Ocean Decade Implementation plan v2 
This document provides a framework for developing initiatives in the Ocean Decade. It is expected to evolve during the Decade as new opportunities and challenges arise. It incorporates points brought forward by discussions held in a series of global, thematic, and regional planning meetings held between June 2019 and May 2020.

Summary report of the Arctic Ocean Decade workshop: Policy - Business - Science - Dialogue (2020)
This report summarises the outcome of a one day workshop covering four of the Ocean Decades six societal outcomes: a clean ocean, a healthy and resilient ocean, a predicted ocean and a sustainably harvested and productive ocean. For each area knowledge gaps are highlighted and some cross cutting topics are indicated.

Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) Roadmap for Arctic Observing and Data Systems (ROADS)
Document presenting a vision for an Arctic Observing system representing a transition shift from partnerships to a systematic collaboration. Proposes the development of  a systems-level view of observing requirements and implementation strategies.

Arctic Council Arctic Marine Strategic Plan 2015-2025
This document outlines forty strategic actions that address four overarching  Arctic marine ecosystems strategic goals focused on knowledge generation and observation; conservation and protection; safe and sustainable use; and economic, social and cultural well-being in the region.

Agreement to prevent unregulated high seas fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean
The objective of this Agreement is to prevent unregulated fishing in the high seas portion of the central Arctic Ocean through the application of precautionary conservation and management measures as part of a long-term strategy to safeguard healthy marine ecosystems and to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of fish stocks.

IASC Strategic Plan (2018-2023)
Five year plan for the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) which is a non-governmental scientific organization providing scientific and technical advice, and promoting cooperation and periodically reviewing the status of Arctic science. The plan identifies three core aims: facilitating Arctic research collaboration; promoting engagement and ensuring knowledge exchange.

Integrating Arctic Research – a Road- map for the Future ICARP III report (3rd International Conference on Arctic Research Planning
This report was initiated by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and presents a framework for the development of cross-cutting, interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary initiatives for advancing Arctic research cooperation and applications of Arctic knowledge. It identifies three research areas that require attention: The role of the Arctic in the global system; Observing and predicting future climate dynamics and ecosystem responses; and Vulnerability and Resilience of Arctic Environments and Societies and Supporting Sustainable Development.

Royal Society Global Environmental Research Committee (2018) Polar Science–Perspectives 
Document describing a UK perspective on the research priorities for polar regions.

AMAP/EU-PolarNet International Stakeholder Workshops on Research Needs. Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), Tromsø, Norway (2020)
Document presenting the outcome of four joint EU-PolarNet workshops with AMAP dedicated to stakeholder dialogue on an Integrated European Polar Research Programme with emphasis on key research needs related to Arctic ecosystems and human health and wellbeing in the Arctic.

EU-PolarNet White paper no. 1 The coupled polar climate system: Global context, predictability and regional impacts
Document presenting the state and research needs related to Polar climate science.

EU-PolarNet White paper no. 2 Footprints on Changing Polar Ecosystems: Processes, Threats, Responses and Opportunities for Future Generations
Document presenting the state and research needs related to the anthropogenic impact in Polar regions and possible opportunities to address them.

EU-PolarNet White paper no. 3 Managing human impacts, resource use and conservation of the Polar Regions
Document presenting the state and research and governance needs related to the management of Polar socio-ecological systems and their resources.

EU-PolarNet White paper no. 4 The Road to the Desired States of Social-ecological Systems in the Polar Regions
Document presenting the potential pathways to achieving desired societal goals related to Polar regions.

EU-PolarNet White paper no. 5 Advancing operational informatics for Polar Regions
Document presenting the state and research needs related to operational levels of informatics in polar regions from.

EU-PolarNet White paper on European polar data accessibility (2020)
Document presenting the state and research needs related to polar data accessibility from a European perspective.

An integrated European Union policy for the Arctic (2016). Joint communication to the European parliament and the Council
Document presenting the European Commission’s latest major policy communication regarding “An integrated European Union Policy for the Arctic. It particularly highlights three priority areas: climate change and safeguarding the Arctic environment; promoting sustainable development in the region; supporting international cooperation on Arctic issues.