The Arctic is in a state of accelerated change caused by global climate shifts. This dynamic environment opens new opportunities and challenges for policy makers and those responsible for resource management. The U.S. government and the State of Alaska have set forth strategic priorities to address these unique challenges. The documents below provide context for a greater understanding of these priorities.
· National Strategy for the Arctic Region
· Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for the Arctic Region
· Final Report of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission
· Implementation Plan for Alaska’s Arctic Policy
The North Slope Science Initiative is active in forums of the Arctic Council. In addition, NSSI co-chairs the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program, the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council. The CBMP provides the opportunity to harmonize monitoring programs in terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine environments to provide a more comprehensive slate of information and analyses for decision makers.