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Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme

The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme ( AMAP) is an international organization established in 1991 to implement components of the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy .  Its primary function is to advise the governments of the eight arctic countries on matters relating to threats to the arctic region from pollution, and associated issues.  The eight arctic countries are U.S., Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia and Sweden.  AMAP is supported by a permanent secretariat located in Norway.

AMAP is responsible for measuring the levels and assessing the effects of anthropogenic pollutants in all compartments of the arctic environment.  AMAP also documents the trends of pollution, sources and pathways of pollutants and examines the impact of pollution on arctic flora and fauna.  The priority issues dealt by AMAP are persistent organic contaminants, heavy metals, radioactivity, acidification and arctic haze, petroleum hydrocarbon pollution, climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion, and effects of pollution on the health of people living in arctic regions.

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