Biden unveils northern Bering Sea climate plan
On his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed multiple climate-related executive orders.
The Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area, an Obama-era executive order that includes offshore oil and gas leasing safeguards in the Norton Sound as well as waters around St. Lawrence Island, is one of the climate-related executive orders restored.
During former President Donald Trump's early months in office, the initial order was repealed.
Among other Arctic marine-related concerns, the reinstated order details policies on marine shipping, waste, marine debris and oil spills. Over 112,300 square miles, the entire "resilience area" extends from Kuskokwim Bay to the southern border of the Chukchi Sea.
But one of the most important aspects about the order is that it emphasizes the significance of using local indigenous information for groups in Western Alaska.
An intergovernmental tribal advisory council would include the federal task force responsible for the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area.
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