Screen Shot 2017 11 30 at 13.58.57CAFF-IASC Science-Policy Fellowships

The CAFF-IASC Science-Policy Fellowships were created to help early- to mid-career professionals build experience and advance understanding of the science-policy interface. We are looking for two CAFF-IASC Fellows. In cooperation with CAFF and IASC, fellows will identify a joint area of interest and expertise, participate in and contribute to CAFF’s work, and produce a culminating deliverable to enrich decision-making in their chosen field.

This year's areas of interest are:

  • The Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI): The Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) is a project designed to improve the status and secure the long-term sustainability of declining Arctic breeding migratory bird populations. AMBI works with many partner countries and organisations to support and initiate actions that target priority species and conservation issues across multiple flyways. In 2021 AMBI will undergo a Mid-Term Evaluation. See here for more info: or contact courtney EP_AT caff EP_DOT is.
  • Coastal Ecosystem Steering Group (CEMG) of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP): The CEMG is starting implementation of the Arctic Coastal Biodiversity Monitoring Plan which will synthesize and assess the status and trends of Arctic coastal biodiversity as a contribution to international conventions and agreements on biodiversity conservation; providing policy and decision makers with comprehensive information on the status and trends of Arctic coastal biodiversity. This Coastal Plan is the Arctic Council’s first initiative to develop a platform that will support a co-production of knowledge approach, and an important step towards bringing together Traditional Knowledge (TK) and science into the assessment, planning and management of Arctic biodiversity. See here for more info: or contact tom EP_AT caff EP_DOT is.

The duration of the CAFF-IASC Fellowships will be one year. Each Fellow will begin by attending the Arctic Science Summit Week 2020, March 27-April 2 in Akureyri, Iceland. Afterwards, Fellows will attend appropriate project meetings, and CAFF Board meetings. As appropriate, Fellows will continue working with their CAFF programs to develop a final deliverable.

CAFF-IASC Required Travel

During their appointment, at a minimum, both CAFF-IASC Fellows will be expected to attend the following meetings:

  • Arctic Science Summit Week 2020 (27-30 April 2020; Akureyri, Iceland)
  • One CAFF working group meeting (TBD)
  • CAFF Biennial meeting (February 2021)
  • Regular teleconferences for the project steering group

Travel support to attend meetings for each Fellow during their Fellowships will be made available through CAFF and IASC. The travel support is the only financial remuneration for the Fellows. Salary is not compensated for during the Fellowship.

CAFF-IASC Fellowship Deliverables

  • Fellows will help deliver reports and other communications products as identified by the project and/or CAFF Secretariat.
  • Fellows will deliver program feedback and evaluations on the Fellowship and may be asked to input into evaluations of their respective programs.
  • Fellows will identify, develop and finalize a deliverable that aims to enrich decision-making in their chosen respective projects.

Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF)

CAFF is the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council and consists of National Representatives assigned by each of the eight Arctic Council Member States, representatives of Indigenous Peoples' organizations that are Permanent Participants to the Council, and Arctic Council observer countries and organizations. CAFF’s mandate is to address the conservation of Arctic biodiversity, and to communicate its findings to the governments and residents of the Arctic, helping to promote practices which ensure the sustainability of the Arctic’s living resources. For more information:

Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP)

The Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) is an international network of scientists, governments, Indigenous organizations and conservation groups working to harmonize and integrate efforts to monitor the Arctic's living resources. The goal is to facilitate more rapid detection, communication, and response to the significant biodiversity-related trends and pressures affecting the circumpolar world. The CBMP organizes its efforts around the major ecosystems of the Arctic: marine, freshwater, terrestrial and coastal. The CBMP has been endorsed by the Arctic Council and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and the official Arctic Biodiversity Observation Network of the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEOBON). For more information:

Arctic Council

The Arctic Council is a high level intergovernmental forum to provide a means for promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, with the involvement of the Arctic Indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues, in particular issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic.  Arctic Council Member States are Canada, Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russian Federation, Sweden, and the United States of America. In addition to the Member States, the Arctic Council has the category of Permanent Participants who include the Arctic Athabaskan Council (AAC), Aleut International Association (AIA), Gwich'in Council International (GGI), Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON) and the Saami Council (SC). For more information: 

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Permanent Participants

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