IASC 25 years - Page 48

During several presentations beginning in late and economic impacts and consequences, includ- 1998, it became known that AMAP and CAFF had ing policy recommendations; and been charged by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs - approve the goals and objectives contained in at the Arctic Council’s 1998 Ministerial meeting to the ACIA Implementation Plan and request that look into their various environmental assessment the AMAP and the CAFF Working Groups, in con- considerations of climate change in the Arctic. The sultation with the Sustainable Development meeting notes indicated that the Arctic Council Working Group, promote the availability of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs; “Welcome(s) CAFF´s in- necessary social and economic expertise to com- tention to prepare an overview on the status and plete the assessment.” trends in changes to ecosystems, habitats and species in the Arctic and to identify elements of a program to monitor circumpolar diversity and to assess, in collaboration with AMAP, the effects of climate change and UV-B radiation on Arctic ecosystems.” AMAP took the lead on the climate change aspects, 2.5.2 and over time AMAP and IASC entered into a partnership to develop the ACIA. In summary, IASC played a pivotal role in convincing The ACIA Process and Outcome Terry Callaghan the Arctic Council to establish an ACIA in partnership with IASC, which it did with the full endorsement of Environmental and Political Changes all eight Arctic countries and with the engagement The global climate change issue gained momentum of the indigenous peoples of the north through the during and after the production of the first IPC 22Р