Office for information and cooperation in the Arctic

The German Arctic Office at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research serves as an information and cooperation platform for German stakeholders invested in Arctic science, politics and industry. It enhances the visibility of Germany‘s engagement in the Arctic on a national and international level.

The German Arctic Office serves as a central point of contact for political and scientific bodies, NGO‘s and German industry; advises the Federal Government on Arctic issues through statements and briefings based on the most current state of research, and; fosters Germany‘s participation in the Arctic Council‘s scientific activities.

The German Arctic Office initiates and organizes national Arctic meetings and events in cooperation with partners from science, politics and industry, and; supports the federal government in the representation of German Arctic research and policy at international conferences.

The German Arctic Office informs German stakeholders from science, politics and industry with consitent information from the global Arctic research community, and; provides scientific organizations with background information on current policy relevant developments in the Arctic Region.

The publication about the ways of life Indigenous Peoples lead in the Arctic is the result of a collaborative project between the Saami Council and the German Arctic Office. It describes how Arctic Indigenous Peoples use Indigenous Knowledge as a generationally refined way of knowing to ensure the vivid development of cultures and livelihoods and how Indigenous Peoples have traditionally developed circular governance systems that sustainably care for the environment instead of dominating it.

31 May 2021, online meeting

The 17th Arctic Dialogue was held on 31 May 2021 as a virtual meeting. The main focus was on short reports of the institutions participating in the dialogue forum.

The MARE:N White Paper „Polarregionen im Wandel” (The Changing Polar Regions) was presented on 20 May 2021 and handed over to the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The paper was developed by an expert committee on behalf of the BMBF and presents recommendations for future priorities of polar and marine research in 15 forward looking chapters.

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20 May 2021, Reykjavik

At the Arctic Council Ministerial on 20 May 2021, the Icelandic Chairmanship presented its achievements and handed the baton over to the Russian Federation, chairing the Council for the next two years. Germany has observer status on the Arctic Council and Foreign Minister Maas presented a video message.


8-9 May 2021, Tokyo

Following the first Arctic Science Ministerial in Washington 2016 and the second conference in Berlin 2018, the Third Arctic Science Ministerial was held in Tokyo in May 2021 as a hybrid meeting, organized jointly by Japan and Iceland. The most important outcome is a Joint Statement of Ministers, guiding the future international cooperation in Arctic research.

April 2021, Potsdam

Tourism in the Arctic and Antarctic has increased noticeably, especially in the last two decades. Our new Fact Sheet provides answers to the questions: how is tourism in the Arctic and Antarctic regulated, what makes the polar regions attractive as tourist destinations, what types of tourism are there in the Arctic and Antarctic and what are the impacts of polar tourism.

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