The main goal
of AMAP is "providing reliable and sufficient information
on the status of, and threats to, the Arctic environment,
and providing scientific advice on actions to be taken in
order to support Arctic governments in their efforts to
take remedial and preventive actions relating to contaminants"
AMAP has completed two assessments of the
State of the Arctic Environment with respect to pollution
issues. The first of these was published in 1997, and the
second in 2002.
The AMAP Assessments are based on input
and contributions from several hundred scientists and experts,
and are prepared by lead experts working undert the guidance
of the AMAP Assessment Steering Group.
Two different types of Assessment report
are produced. State of the Arctic Environment Reports (SOAERs)
are intended to present the results of the AMAP assessment
to decision makers and the general public. AMAP scientific
assessment reports (AARs) are technical reports that provide
the fully-referenced scientific basis for the assessment.
This first AMAP Assessment was presented to Ministers
of the eight Arctic countries at their meeting in Alta, Norway in
June 1997. The second AMAP Assessment was presented on October
1 2002 to Arctic Council Ministers meeting in Inari, Finland. Links
to electronic versions of the AMAP assessment reports can be found
under Popular (non-technical) Reports
(SOAERs) and Scientific Background