The Arctic Biodiversity Assessment released at the Arctic Council Ministerial
MAY 15, KIRUNA, SWEDEN- The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council has released the “Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA),” a report containing the best available science informed by traditional ecological knowledge on the status and trends of Arctic biodiversity and accompanying policy recommendations for biodiversity conservation.
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Please note that the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment Synthesis and Full Report are still under development
- Mark Marissink, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency; (chair)
- Tom Barry, CAFF International Secretariat;
- Cindy Dickson, Arctic Athabaskan Council;
- Vicky Johnston, Environment Canada;
- Aulikki Alanen, Finnish Ministry of the Environment;
- Inge Thaulow, Ministry of Housing, Nature and Environment, Greenland;
- Evgeny Syroechkovskiy, Russian Institute for Nature Conservation;
- Gilbert Castellanos, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Previous steering committee members
- Bridget Larocque, Gwich’in Council International;
- Trish Hayes, Environment Canada;
- Risa Smith, Environment Canada;
- Janet Hohn, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service;
- Ævar Petersen, Icelandic Institute of Natural History;
- Esko Jaakkola, Finnish Ministry of the Environment;
- Tiina Kurvitz, UNEP GRID-Arendal;
- Christoph Zöckler, UNEP WCMC.
Canada, Finland, Greenland, Sweden and the United States
Funding and support
The Arctic Biodiversity Assessment has received financial support from the following sources: Canada, Denmark/Greenland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, United States of America, the Nordic Council of Ministers, and the Chief Scientist was financed by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency as part of the environmental support programme DANCEA.
We would also like to thank all CAFF countries and Permanent Participants to the Arctic Council, and all those who participated in this project for their support and contributions to the successful development of the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment.
The ABA, involving over 250 scientists has been produced by some of the world’s leading experts and has been presented to the Foreign Ministers of the Arctic Council countries at the Arctic Council Ministerial on May 15. The ABA synthesizes scientific findings on status and trends in Arctic biodiversity. This major circumpolar effort provides a much needed description of the state of biodiversity in the Arctic.
- creates a baseline for use in global and regional assessments of Arctic biodiversity which will inform and guide future Arctic Council work;
- provides up-to-date knowledge gathered from scientific publications supplemented with insights from traditional knowledge holders;
- identifies gaps in the data record;
- describes key mechanisms driving change; and
- presents science-based suggestions for action on addressing major pressures on Arctic biodiversity.