What is the Congress?

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Learn more about this global initiative and the organizers behind it.


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Check out the draft program for the Arctic Biodiversity Congress! (subject to change).


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Registration extended until October 31, 2014 or until capacity is reached.

Registration extended

Due to popular demand the Congress registration date has been extended to October 31, 2014, or until capacity is reached.

Once you have registered, be sure to book your hotel accommodation before October 1, 2014 if you are staying at the recommended Scandic Lerkendal hotel, where the Congress will be held. Organizers are not able to guarantee room availability after October 1, 2014. Contact the Scandic Lerkendal hotel via their online booking system or by calling +47 21 61 51 00. Please quote the group booking code provided to you during the registration process.

If you have questions about registration please contact Kristin Sundal at kristin [DOT] sundal [AT] miljodir [DOT] no.


Session organizers: submit details

All session organizers have been notified via email to complete the following form and provide CAFF more details about their session and  progress to date. Please click on the box and complete the following instructions. This infomraiton will be used to draft a preliminary program.



Call for contributions a huge success


Thank you to all those that have submitted program content! We received over 100 submissions!

The Program Advisory Committee will review the submissions and contact successful contributors by June 30, 2014.

Thanks again!

Save the date!

The Arctic Council’s Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group is organizing the first Arctic Biodiversity Congress in Trondheim, Norway on December 2-4, 2014.

The Arctic Biodiversity Congress will promote the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity through dialogue among scientists, policy-makers, government officials, industry, civil society and indigenous peoples.

It is closely linked to the findings and recommendations of the first Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) released in May 2013.

The Arctic Biodiversity Congress will:

  • Present and discuss the main scientific findings of the ABA
  • Facilitate inter-disciplinary discussion, action and status updates on the policy recommendations in the ABA
  • Provide scientific, policy, management, NGO, academia, Indigenous peoples and industry audiences the opportunity to collaborate around the themes of the ABA
  • Advise CAFF on national and international implementation of the ABA recommendations and on the development of an ABA Implementation Plan for the Arctic Council
  • Highlight the work of CAFF and the Arctic Council on circumpolar biodiversity conservation and sustainable development
  • Contribute to mainstreaming of biodiversity and ecosystem services, ensuring that the recommendations of the ABA are implemented by not just governments, but many organizations and people across disciplines


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