Since 1993 AMAP has delivered more than 30 scientific and technical assessments. This work has mainly been performed by experts from the eight Arctic countries and the arctic indigenous peoples, but also experts nominated by the observing countries and organizations to the Arctic Council and AMAP. Involvement of international organizations has been extremely important for this work to secure cost efficiency, to avoid duplication of work and to get access to relevant data and information. However, the involvement of all these experts and organizations has been an interesting challenge due to different cultures and interests.
The results from AMAP’s assessments have played a significant role in the establishment of international protocols and conventions, and to provide food advice to Arctic indigenous peoples.
This presentation will give a short overview of the process that has taken place since the cold war, provide some of the results achieved and discuss some of the challenges and opportunities for the future. All AMAP assessment reports are available from the AMAP web site www.amap.no .