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XXXII SCAR Delegates Meeting
23-25 July 2012, Portland Oregon, USA

SCAR XXXII IP11: The International Polar Initiative (IPI)

Information Paper: 11
Agenda Item: 7.3
Posted/Revised: June 1
Person Responsible: Sparrow

Executive Summary

Title: The International Polar Initiative (IPI)

Authors: M Sparrow

Introduction/ Background:  Initial discussions (including a detailed response by the SCAR Executive Committee) on the concept of an International Polar Decade concluded that if the scientific community and funding agencies were going to support a follow on to the International Polar Year then the concept would need to be rethought and redrafted. In order to facilitate this 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. The name of the new initiative is “the International Polar Initiative” (IPI).

Recommendations/Actions and Justification:  The Delegates are requested to note progress and comment as appropriate, noting that the concept is still at an early stage.

Expected Benefits/Outcomes:  If approved the IPI could result in improved coordination between organisations and more efficient use of resources. SCAR will eventually need to decide if it supports such an initiative.

Partners: AMAP, APECS, EPB-ESF, IASC, IASSA, ICSU, IOC, WMO, UoA and UNEP…

Budget Implications: No funds requested as yet