Arctic Contaminants Action Program

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Primary Focus
Reduction of Arctic pollution and environmental risks

Establishment
2006

Chair 2021-2025
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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ACAP Secretariat

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

ACAP Publications

thumb AFFF Phase Out in the Arctic: Transition Manual
thumb Aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) Phaseout in the Arctic factsheet
thumb Black Carbon from the Oil and Gas Sector
thumb Arctic Contaminants Action Program (ACAP) Factsheet 2021
thumb Circumpolar Local Environmental Observer Network: Full report and Summary for Policymakers
thumb Kola Waste Project: Cleaning of the Sámi Territory in the Murmansk Region (2018-2020)

ACAP News

Women of the Arctic Council: Henna Haapala

In honor of International Women’s Day on 8 March, we spoke with some women who work with the Arctic Council to learn more about their important work, opportunities and ch...
06 Mar 2024

The Arctic Council’s “clean-up crew”: An interview with ACAP Chair Patrick Huber

The Arctic Contaminants Action Program (ACAP) is welcoming back Patrick Huber from the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency for his second term as Working Group...
30 Oct 2023

Arctic Council events at COP26

The Russian Chairmanship, Arctic Council Working Groups and Permanent Participants at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland - (re)watch the sessions here and get more background inf...
29 Oct 2021
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