The EU-PolarNet White Paper Workshop (24th – 28th September in Miraflores de la Sierra) initiatated the drafting of five white papers touching upon the most pressing issues in the Polar Regions. A brief summary is found here
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State Commission For Arctic Development
Russian Geographical Society
Northern (Arctic) Federal University
The Arctic Council 2011 Nuuk declaration decides that the Arctic Council through AMAP appoints the chair of SAON. At their meeting this week, the AMAP WG appointed Thorsteinn Gunnarsson of ‘The Icelandic Centre for Research’ (RANNIS) as the new Chair of SAON. A warm welcome to Thorsteinn!
Christine Daae Olseng of the Research Council of Norway stepped down as chair on 1st July. Thanks to Christine for your hard work!
More information here: https://sios-svalbard.org/Call2017
An external Committee conducted a review of SAON in 2016. (A summary is found here. The full report is found here)
As a response to the review, members of the SAON Board met in Frascati, Italy, 27-28 June in order to develop a strategic framework for SAON. The framework will be reviewed and published in autumn 2017.