Following discussions at the WGWAP-12 in November 2012, it was agreed that the Panel would form an ad hoc Joint Programme Task Force to meet inter-sessionally  in early 2013 and verify whether the proposed Joint Programme for 2013 meets the same scientific objectives to at least the same level and degree as was intended by the 2012 Programme and in addition will not compromise the Panel’s ability to provide advice on the potential impacts of the South Piltun development.

The Joint Programme Task Force met on 11-12 February 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland.