• 2nd Arctic Biodiversity Congress - 9-11 October 2018

    2017-06-15 11:58:15

    Join the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity Working Group of the Arctic Council, and the Ministry of the Environment, Finland as they host the 2nd Arctic Biodiversity Congress on 9-11 October 2018 in Rovaniemi, Finland.

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    Arctic Migratory Bird Initiative Workshop in Singapore

    2017-01-11 14:02:52

    Arctic Council Working Group CAFF (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna) convened a workshop on the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) East Asian-Australasian Flyway in Singapore, addressing major conservation issues for Arctic-breeding migratory birds in the flyway.

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    Pacific Arctic Marine Fishes: an atlas and guide

    2016-07-08 13:20:42

    The Arctic Council’s biodiversity Working Group, the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), has released Pacific Arctic Marine Fishes, an atlas and guide to 101 species in the Pacific Arctic Region.

  • Arctic Council Advances Work on Arctic Issues

    2016-03-17 02:14:00

    At a meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska, March 15-17, the Arctic Council gathered Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) from the eight Arctic States, and the six Permanent Participant organizations representing indigenous peoples of the Arctic, to address ongoing efforts on a range of topics of high importance for the Arctic.

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    Senior Arctic Officials’ Meeting Advances Arctic Council Agenda

    2015-10-23 14:15:18

    Representatives from the eight Arctic States and the Permanent Participants (six organizations representing Arctic Indigenous peoples) met in Anchorage, Alaska on October 20-22, 2015 to advance the work of the Arctic Council.

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    Biodiversity Indicators: Land Cover Change Index

    2015-10-02 11:31:49

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME all met during the week of 13-18 September 2015 in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the historic occasion, we’ve been highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This piece addresses the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program's Land Cover Change Index.

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    Biodiversity Indicators: Migratory Bird Index

    2015-09-28 08:25:19

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME all met during the week of 13-18 September 2015 in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the historic occasion, we’ve been highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This article looks at the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program's Migratory Birds Index.

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    Salmon Peoples of Arctic Rivers

    2015-09-25 12:28:01

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME all met during the week of 13-18 September 2015 in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the historic occasion, we’ve been highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This article focuses on a project looking at wild salmon and Arctic communities.

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    Arctic Biodiversity Data Service

    2015-09-22 12:53:29

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME all met during the week of 13-18 September 2015 in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the historic occasion, we’ve been highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This article looks at the Arctic Biodiversity Data Service (ABDS) from Working Group CAFF.

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    The Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI)

    2015-09-18 15:02:03

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME all met during the week of September 14-18, 2015 in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the occasion, we’re highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This article focuses on CAFF's landmark Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative.

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    Actions for Arctic Biodiversity

    2015-09-15 13:57:42

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME are all meeting this week in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the occasion, we’re highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This article focuses on the CAFF project "Actions for Biodiversity 2013-2021: implementing the recommendations of the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment".

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    Historic meeting of Arctic Council Working Groups

    2015-09-09 08:26:51

    In the week of 14-18 September, four of the Arctic Council's six Working Groups will be gathering simultaneously in Tromsø...

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    Interview with Reidar Hindrum, CAFF Working Group Chair

    2015-06-10 12:37:35

    Read an interview with Reidar Hindrum, the new chair of CAFF, the Arctic Council's biodiversity working group...

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    Biodiversity

    2015-05-13 18:56:07

    The Arctic contains some of the most iconic and beloved species in the world: polar bear, walrus, narwhal, caribou/reindeer, Arctic char Arctic fox, snowy owl, and more.

  • Disturbance and habitat degradation can diminish Arctic biodiversity says the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment report. (Photo: Lars Holst Hansen/ARC-PIC.com) / БИОРАЗНООБРАЗИЕ АРКТИКИ МОЖЕТ УМЕНЬШИТСЯ ИЗ-ЗА ВМЕШАТЕЛЬСТВА ВНЕШНИХ ФАКТОРОВ И ДЕГРАДАЦИИ СРЕДЫ ОБИТАНИЯ (ФОТО: ЛАРС ХОЛЬСТ ХАНСЕН/ ARC-PIC.COM)

    Award-winning CAFF film on Arctic biodiversity

    2013-06-09 23:39:12

    The film "Status and Trends in Arctic Biodiversity" addresses current biodiversity issues in the Arctic, and ongoing pressures on its ecosystems. It highlights key issues that surfaced in the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment. The film is a collaborative work of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group and UNEP GRID-Arendal.

  • Climate change is by far the most serious threat to biodiversity in the Arctic says the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment report. (Photo: Carsten Egevang/ARC-PIC.com) / СОГЛАСНО ДОКЛАДУ, ИЗМЕНЕНИЕ КЛИМАТА – САМАЯ ГЛАВНАЯ УГРОЗА ДЛЯ БИОРАЗНООБРАЗИЯ АРКТИКИ (ФОТО: КАРСТЕН ЭГЕВАНГ/ARC-PIC.COM)

    The Arctic Biodiversity Assessment explores the future of Arctic ecosystems

    2013-06-09 23:24:54

    The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council, released the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) at the Kiruna Ministerial Meeting 15 May 2013. This report, informed by traditional ecological knowledge, contains the best available science on the status and trends of Arctic biodiversity informed by traditional knowledge as well as policy recommendations for biodiversity conservation.

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    CAFF Works with the CBD on Arctic biodiversity

    2011-11-21 14:42:13

     In a guest article for the Biodiversity Policy and Practice website, Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group Executive Secretary Tom Barry outlines the work that CAFF is doing to support Arctic biodiversity. As Barry states in his article, some of this work is being done in conjunction with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

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    Assessments

    2011-09-21 22:22:22

    The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna's assessments provide vital descriptions of the current state of Arctic biodiversity. These efforts create scientific baselines which inform regional and global assessments, and provide a basis to guide future Arctic Council work.

  • CAFF Report Presented

    2011-05-04 14:14:52

    At the CBD-COP10 meeting in Nagoya, Japan, the Arctic Council’s Working Group on Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) held a side event presenting its report: “Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Selected Indicators of Change”. The report is the first output of the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA), of which results will be launched in 2013.

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    Effects of Sea-ice Loss on Biodiversity

    2011-05-02 13:35:05

    Thirty scientists, managers and community experts met in Vancouver, Canada, with the purpose to develop a technical report on what effects sea-ice reduction has on biodiversity in the Arctic. The Arctic Council Working Group on Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), organized and managed the workshop.