Actions to conserve Arctic-breeding birds

Did you know that the numbers of some populations of Arctic-breeding migratory birds have declined by 50-90 percent in the past 40 years? As the flyways of these migratory birds cross the globe, it is important to engage actors on a global level, not just around the Arctic. It requires lot of effort but some important steps have been taken with the help of funding from the PSI.

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Developing a framework for monitoring plastic pollution in seabirds in the Pan-Arctic region

Financed by PSI, this study reveals a need for coordinated and improved monitoring actions to better assess the effects of plastic pollution on Arctic seabirds and reduce negative impacts on the Arctic environment.

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To prevent and mitigate pollution in the Arctic region

The Arctic Council Project Support Instrument (PSI) finances activities aimed at preventing and mitigating pollution with the Arctic region.

See also information about PSI in Russian.


Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, the US, the Sami parliament of Norway and the Nordic Environment Development Fund, which include contributions from all Nordic countries, the Nordic Council of Ministers and Nefco, contribute to the PSI. The fund is managed by Nefco.


The The Arctic Council Project Support Instrument is a voluntary, nonexclusive mechanism for financing specific priority projects approved by the Arctic Council and can use a broad range of funding arrangements including grants and revolving instruments. PSI finances primarily project preparation activities aimed at preventing and mitigating pollution in the Arctic region.PSI financing is primarily intended for project preparation activities, such as project identification and concept development, pre-feasibility studies, environmental impact assessments, business and financing plans, preparation of tender documents, tendering and evaluation. Also specific measures in the implementation phase of pilot and demonstration projects, including supplies of equipment and services, may be financed.

The key criteria used for determining whether a project proposal can be financed by PSI include:

  • the project proposal has been approved by one of the working groups under the Arctic Council
  • the project proposal will lead to concrete actions towards pollution prevention, abatement and elimination with measurable positive effects on the environment of the Arctic
  • the project proposal’s potential for being replicated
  • the capacity of the recipient to implement the project proposal according to plan
  • the potential of PSI financing to leverage other financing
  • the maturity of the project proposal
  • a satisfactory risk assessment
  • the availability of possibly required local approval(s).

Available funding

PSI financing is available to project proposals initiated and approved by all Arctic Council working groups.