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AMAP Assessment 2015: Human Health in the Arctic

This assessment report presents the results of the 2015 AMAP Assessment of Human Health in the Arctic. This is the fourth AMAP assessment dealing with this issue in a sequence and updates the assessments delivered in 1998, 2002 and 2009.

The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) is a group working under the Arctic Council. The Arctic Council Ministers have requested AMAP to:

• produce integrated assessment reports on the status and trends of the conditions of the Arctic ecosystems

• identify possible causes for the changing conditions

• detect emerging problems, their possible causes, and the potential risk to Arctic ecosystems including indigenous peoples and other Arctic residents

• recommend actions required to reduce risks to Arctic ecosystems.

This report provides the accessible scientific basis and validation for the statements and recommendations made in the Summary for Policy-makers: Arctic Pollution Issues 2015 report that was delivered to Arctic Council Ministers at their meeting in Iqaluit, Canada in April 2015. It is also the basis for a related AMAP State of the Arctic Environment report Arctic Pollution Issues 2015: Overview. It includes extensive background data and references to the scientific literature, and details the sources for graphics reproduced in the overview report. Whereas the Summary for Policy-makers report contains recommendations that focus mainly on policy-relevant actions concerned with addressing contaminant impacts on Arctic human populations, the conclusions and recommendations presented in this report also cover issues of a more scientific nature, such as proposals for filling gaps in knowledge, and recommendations relevant to future monitoring and research work.

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