coastalsgEstablished in 2019, the Coastal Steering Group (CSG) is responsible for the implementation of the Arctic Coastal Biodiversity Monitoring Plan, one of four pan-Arctic biodiversity monitoring plans developed by the CBMP to improve the detection and understanding of the causes of long-term change in the composition, structure and function of Arctic ecosystems.

The CSG is composed of one representative and an alternate from each Arctic marine nation as well as representatives from interested Permanent ParticipantsThe CSG can include other members (e.g., Arctic Council Working Group representatives) as appropriate.

Each representative on the CSG is responsible for ensuring that the monitoring program is implemented within their own nation, and therefore have close connections with the relevant agencies and experts within their countries. They will play a key role in providing direction to the evolving monitoring program as a whole. Together with the CBMP Office, the CSG is responsible for the overall coordination and implementation of the monitoring program.



CSG Members

  • US: Tahzay Jones, National Park Service
  • Canada: Donald McLennan, Arctic Research Foundation
  • Kingdom of Denmark: Susse Wegeberg, Aarhus University
  • Norway: Marthe Margrethe Haugan, Norwegian Environment Agency
  • Russia: Liudmilla Sergienko, Petrozavodsk State University
  • Saami Council: Tonje Johansen, Saami Council
  • CBMP Chairs: Tom Christensen, Aarhus University-Arctic Research Centre and Catherine CoonBureau of Ocean Energy Management 

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