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State of the Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Report What's happening in lakes and rivers?

Brachycentrus subnubilus. Photo: Jan Hamrsky

State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report what's happening in the Arctic's oceans?

Bearded seal. Audun Rikardsen

State of the Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Report what's happening to wildlife on land?

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Arctic Wetlands: Resilience & Management


Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) saving Arctic birds

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Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme (CBMP)

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Actions for Arctic Biodiversity 2013-2021 implementing the recommendations from the ABA

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Mainstreaming Arctic Biodiversity in Arctic Mining

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Inspring Arctic Youth


Latest News

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Arctic Biodiversity Assessment status and trends

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The average population of Arctic species increased by 16% between 1970 and 2004

however, this is not consistent across biomes, regions, and taxa. (Source: ASTI 2010)


High Arctic species populations have decreased by an average of 26% between 1970 and 2004.

(Source: ASTI 2010)



Of the 21 Northern languages that have gone extinct, 48% of those have disappeared since 1990.

This indicates an increasing rate of language extinction. (Source: ABA 2013)



More than 50% of the world's wetlands are in the Arctic and sub-Arctic

Wetlands are important for carbon storage and water cycling. (Source: ABA 2013)



The ivory gull, a high Arctic species has decreased by 80% (since the 1980s)

on its Canadian range. (Source: ABA 2013)



Polar bears are affected by decreasing sea ice

The global population of polar bears is predicted to decrease by 30% in the next 45 years. (Source: ABA 2013)


Protected and Important Areas

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CBMP Monitoring Plans

Policy recommendations from key CAFF reports

Invasive Species

Webinar Series

Arctic Biodiversity Data (ABDS)

Marine monitoring

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Freshwater monitoring

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Terrestrial monitoring

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Coastal monitoring

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