Established in April 2011, the Marine Steering Group (MSG) of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) is responsible for the implementation of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan, the first of four pan-Arctic biodiversity monitoring plans developed by the CBMP to improve the detection and understanding of the causes of long-term change in the composition, structure and function of Arctic ecosystems.

The MSG is composed of one representative and an alternate from each Arctic marine nation as well as representatives from interested Permanent ParticipantsThe MSG can include other members (e.g., Arctic Council Working Group representatives) as appropriate.

Each representative on the MSG is responsible for ensuring that the monitoring program is implemented within their own nation, and therefore have close connections with the relevant agencies and experts within their countries. They will play a key role in providing direction to the evolving monitoring program as a whole. Together with the CBMP Office, the MSG will be responsible for the overall coordination and implementation of the monitoring program.

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Marine Steering Group members

*indicates current chair/co-chair

 

Country/PP

 

Representative

 

 Norway

 


Eirik Pettersen
Norwegian Environment Agency
alternate
Dag Vongraven
Norwegian Polar Institute

Russia


Vadim Mokievsky
P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology Russian Academy of Sciences

 Greenland

 


Thomas Juul Pedersen
Greenland Institute of Natural Resources
alternate
Fernando Ugarte
Greenland Institute of Natural Resources
 

Canada*


Glenn Benoy
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Alain Dupuis
Fisheries and Oceans Canada


U.S.A.*

John Bengtson
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Catherine Coon
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

 Faroe Islands

Jan Sørensen
Kaldback Marine Bio Lab

Iceland

 Steinunn Hilma Ólafsdóttir

Icelandic Institute of Natural History

 Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) 

 

Carolina Behe
Inuit Circumpolar Council, Alaska

 Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP) 

Jason Stow
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME)

PAME

Elizabeth McLanahan
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

CBMP Advisor

GEO BON SM

Mike Gill
GEOBON

CBMP Co-Chair representative

Tom Christensen
Aarhus University

 


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