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Wednesday, 20 May 2009 12:58
Arctic Marine Shipping AssessmentWritten by David Carlson
The Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment working group of the Arctic Council has released the Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment 2009 Report. This extensive and well-illustrated document, supported by Canada, Finland and the United States and recently approved by the Arctic Council, represents a four-year effort to consider and review all aspects of Arctic shipping. It includes extensive documentation of shipping activities from a baseline year (2004) and future projections in key areas such as environmental protection, marine infrastructure, human dimensions, and governance. It contains a series of very useful maps and charts. I like this quote: "less ice does not mean less danger". I highly recommend the report as a thorough summary of issues related to future commercial activities in the Arctic.
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