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Multilateral Environmental Agreements and their relevance to the Arctic

UNEP has singled out the Arctic for particular attention and the Monaco Decision on Sustainable Development of the Arctic (2008) encourages UNEP to: “co-operate, as requested, with the Arctic Council, relevant Multilateral Environmental Agreements and other relevant regional and international bodies, as appropriate;” in addressing the identified, urgent, needs for action to address the growing concerns about the vulnerability of the Arctic environment to impacts from climate change and accelerating development.

GRID-Arendal’s engagement on the issues of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and their effectiveness in the Arctic dates back to 2006 - when it co-organised the Arendal Seminar, together the Standing Committee for Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region (SCPAR), to identify gaps, challenges, and steps that can be taken to make the global MEAs more relevant to the Arctic and more useful in ensuring good governance and sustainable development.

In October 2010, GRID-Arendal launched the follow-up report to the Arendal Seminar, entitled “Protecting Arctic Biodiversity: Limitations and Strengths of Environmental Agreements”. 

This report takes a broad view of existing multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and examines the role of the global environment in impacting and influencing the effectiveness of Arctic MEAs in protecting biodiversity and in sustainable development.

Production of the report was led by GRID-Arendal and funded by UNEP.

Project Duration: 2006 - 2010
Project Status: Complete
Project Lead: Kathrine Johnsen

Photo: the Red Knot, a long-distance migratory bird which breeds in the Arctic every summer. Credit: Peter Prokosch

Completed projects