SCAR EXCOM 2013 IP03: The International Polar Initiative (IPI)
Title: The International Polar Initiative
Authors: M Sparrow
Introduction/ Background: In order to facilitate the concept of an International Polar Initiative (IPI) a Concept Note Steering Group was formed from representatives of AMAP, APECS, EPB-ESF, IASC, IASSA, ICSU, IOC, SCAR, WMO, UoA and UNEP. The Executive Director represented SCAR, but included the rest of the Executive Committee in the discussions. A website for further information has now been set up by the Canadian Polar Commission and the latest version (December 2012) of the Concept Note can be downloaded from the IPI website.
Recommendations/Actions and Justification: EXCOM are requested to note progress and comment as appropriate
Expected Benefits/Outcomes: If approved the IPI could result in improved coordination between organisations and more efficient use of resources. It should be noted that this is a ‘top-down’ initiative and buy-in from the Antarctic Community at least is still a challenge.
Partners: AMAP, APECS, EPB-ESF, IASC, IASSA, ICSU, IOC, WMO, UoA and UNEP…
Budget Implications: No funds requested as yet
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