The Climate Policy of the Arctic Council
T. Koivurova et al. (eds.), Climate Governance in the Arctic, Environment & Policy 50, DOI 10.1007/978-1-4020-9542-9 3, (Springer Science+Business Media B.V., 2009) 51-75.
25 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2013
Date Written: September 10, 2009
This chapter offers an overview of how Arctic-wide cooperation has developed from its early beginnings to the current Norwegian chaired Arctic Council. Since the Arctic Council is the only inter-governmental organization managing Arctic issues, it is important to give the reader a sense of how the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy (AEPS) was adopted in 1991, how the Arctic Council came into being in 1996, how the AC’s various working groups have undertaken their activities and how programmes and scientific assessments in the cooperation have progressed to date. This historical review of Arctic-wide cooperation will serve to introduce the reader to the cooperation process. The special focus of the chapter will be on how climate change policy has developed in this context. The final part of the chapter offers an evaluation of how Arctic-wide cooperation has developed in general and especially how its climate policy has progressed.
Keywords: Arctic Council, climate change, Arctic, climate change policy
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