Mining Progress report final 2021PRESS RELEASE: 20 May 2021: Reykjavik, Iceland

progress report released by the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group of the Arctic Council outlined potential next steps for advancing the "mainstreaming" of biodiversity in the Arctic mining sector and underscored the importance of engaging Indigenous communities in ongoing discussions. The proposed actions were identified by representatives from government agencies, the mining sector, and environmental organizations.

The goal of CAFF's Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Arctic Mining (MBAM) project is to provide guidance and support for the incorporation of biodiversity objectives and provisions into plans, operations, and other aspects of mining activities in the Arctic. Since 2017, CAFF has engaged hundreds of experts on this topic, including through a survey and online panels held during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Participants from across the Arctic emphasized the importance of having opportunities for mining companies, government, and environmental organizations, and scientists to continue their dialogue. This effort is unique among other efforts to mainstream biodiversity worldwide because of its focus on the circumpolar Arctic.

biodiversity is impacted by multiple factors, including climate change, infrastructure development, and resource extraction. To address these factors and protect Arctic biodiversity, CAFF is encouraging all those working on development activities in the Arctic to incorporate biodiversity considerations in their planning and operations, a process known as mainstreaming. 

While a wide variety of industries engage in activities in the Arctic, CAFF began first working with the mining sector in 2017. CAFF seeks to work in partnership with others to identify and implement new cooperative efforts to improve public understanding of Arctic species and habitats and advance sustainable development across the Arctic.

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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:

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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