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Date: October 8, 2018

The meetings of the Working Group of the Northern Forum on Environmental Protection and Conservation of Biodiversity will be held on October 8 in Rovaniemi, Finland. On the agenda: consideration of applications in the competition of projects of the Northern Forum on Environmental Protection. Also, discussion of cooperation of regions in the field of conservation of biological diversity and development of specially protected natural areas, where representatives of regions, members of the working group will be the speakers.


Afanasyev Sakhamin Milanovic, Ministry of Ecology, Environment, and Forestry of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russian Federation, will act as chairperson of the working group. Following the meeting, relevant documents will be reviewed and adopted.



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Dates: October 5-12, 2018

The 9th International Youth Eco-Forum is held within the framework of the International Youth Ecological Forum of the International organization "The Northern Forum". The aim is to unite the efforts of young people to preserve the Arctic for the future generations in the interests of sustainable development.


The main objective is to study the experience of interregional and international youth environmental organizations and associations of the environmental activities; participation of young people in the environmental activities and actions in order to attract government attention to the critical problems.


The exhibitions and presentations of participants will be held within the framework of the Forum program; competition of socially significant environmental projects; business and cognitive programs; cultural-leisure and excursion programs.


Arctic Youth Forum will be held in parallel with the Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018, and Youth Eco-Forum is a part of it. Delegations from YNAO, KhMAO, Republic of Sakha(Yakutia), Lapland, and Hokkaido are planned. The preliminary program can be found here.




Date: September 29, 2018

One-day seminar of the working group on protection of the Arctic marine environment (PAME) of the Arctic Council will be held September 29, 2018, Vladivostok, which is chaired by the Senior Fellow of the Institute of the North Jim Gamble, Anchorage, Alaska.


The aim of the workshop will be to promote dialogue on the problems of marine pollution with plastic waste, emphasizing the role of the Russian Arctic communities of indigenous peoples and recognizing that an important and indisputable problem of marine waste can be solved through joint efforts of governments of different countries.


In addition, representatives of indigenous communities and participants in the workshop will be able to attend part of the PAME meeting, especially the working session on marine debris organized by the Arctic Council, and contribute to the development of the regional strategy on marine debris, which the Arctic Council plans to launch in 2019.


 More information about the seminar here.

Parlamentarians of the Arctic Region


Dates: September 16-19, 2018

The upcoming Arctic Parliamentary conference in Inari, September 16th to 19th, where major topics to discuss going to be the ways they could support the people of the Arctic and how the negative effects of the climate change could be addressed. The aim is to decide what goals the parliamentarians will set for their work for the upcoming two year period.


This is a biennial conference for parliamentarians representing the eight Arctic countries and the European Parliament. The first Parliamentary Conference concerning Arctic cooperation was held in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1993. The first Parliamentary Conference concerning Arctic cooperation was held in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1993.


More information about the conference can be found here.


December 7-8, 2018

Arctic Circle Forum in Seoul, Korea

Asia Meets the Arctic:
Science, Connectivity and Partnership

Photo by Carkbs [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons
Together with the Korea Maritime Institute, the Korea Polar Research Institute and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, the Arctic Circle will co-host a Forum December 7-8 in Seoul, Korea. Held under the title "Asia Meets the Arctic: Science, Connectivity and Partnership," the Forum will take place at the Lotte Hotel Seoul. 

Participants will have the opportunity to attend a guided study visit to the Korea Polar Research Institute. The Forum will be held just prior to Arctic Partnership Week in Busan (December 10-14), which participants will be able to attend as well.

Program news and registration information will be published in August.

Kind regards,

The Arctic Circle Secretariat