"This report was commissioned by the WWF International Arctic Programme to examine the adequacy of the current international governance and regulatory regime of the marine Arctic in light of current and future impacts of climate change on the Arctic."
The main elements of this report are an overview of the current international governance and regulatory regime of the marine Arctic and an analysis of the main governance and regulatory gaps in that regime.
The mandate was to examine the governance and regulation of human activities occurring within the marine Arctic, the current report devotes no attention to human activities taking place far beyond the Arctic but having an impact within it (e.g. long-range transboundary air pollution or global climate change). This therefore also determines the scope of the overview of the current international regime of the marine Arctic and the gap analysis.